May 31, 2020 – The number of Filipinos overseas that have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease has almost doubled after the foreign affairs department reported on Sunday an increase of 2,300 cases.
This brings the total cases of Filipinos infected by COVID-19 from 47 countries at 5,184 – almost half of the figure reported on Saturday.
The foreign office said the spike was an accumulation of late reports received from the Middle East where “many host governments implement strict data privacy and confidentiality rules”.
The region, which has more than 2 million workers, has the highest number of Filipinos infected with coronavirus, at 3,219. Almost 2,000 of them were undergoing treatment.
In Europe, there were 821 cases confirmed, 655 cases in the Americas, and 489 infections in the Asia-Pacific region.
On the other hand, the foreign affairs department has also reported that the number of Filipinos that recovered from the virus jumped by 1,176, bringing the total to 2,151.
No new deaths due to COVID-19 have been recorded on Sunday, as it was on Saturday. The death toll stood at 339, one fatality less from the list on Saturday. The DFA explained one patient that was originally reported dead in Europe was confirmed to be in critical condition.
The Department of Health has confirmed that 579 overseas workers who were repatriated tested positive for COVID-19. 572 of these cases remain active, while one patient died.
(Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)
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