DFA: No new fatalities among overseas Filipinos infected with COVID-19

RETURNING HOME. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) heading to their hometowns after completing mandatory quarantine queue at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 during a send-off on Tuesday, May 26. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered that the 24,000 OFWs stuck in quarantine centers in Metro Manila and already tested negative for Covid-19 be sent home within one week. | PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan

THE Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, May 26, announced that there were no new fatalities related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, recorded among Filipinos abroad.

The death toll remained at 328.

“Today, the DFA confirms no new fatalities due to COVID-19 reported by our foreign service posts among Filipinos abroad,” the agency said.

However, it reported that 18 additional Filipinos abroad contracted the virus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos to 2,635.

Meanwhile, 16 Filipinos, most of whom are from Asia and the Pacific and Europe, recovered from COVID-19. This raises the total number of recoveries to 905.

“Just as significant, the daily rate of confirmed cases decreased with only 18 new confirmed COVID-19 cases while the daily rate of recoveries increased with 16 new recoveries, mostly from Asia and the Pacific and Europe,” the DFA said.

Overall by region, Europe — which comprises 16 countries with PH Foreign Service coverage — has recorded 795 Filipino cases, including 457 undergoing treatment, 248 recoveries and 90 deaths.

The Middle East and Africa, covering 12 countries, has reported 735 cases; of which, 539 are undergoing treatment, 86 deaths and 110 recoveries.

The Asia Pacific region, which spans across 12 countries, has 473 cases, with 136 under treatment, 335 recoveries, and two deaths.

The Americas — covering six countries like the United States — have 632 reported cases, with 270 undergoing treatment, 212 recoveries, and 150 deaths.

“The DFA, through its embassies and consulates, remains committed to continuously monitoring the status of our nationals abroad and providing assistance whenever possible, to ensure their welfare as we continue to battle against COVID-19,” it said. (Ritchel Mendiola/AJPress)

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