By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora | PNA
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday reported 32 new cases of overseas Filipinos who contracted COVID-19.
“Today, a total of 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, six new recoveries, and no new deaths have been recorded among overseas Filipinos across the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/Africa,” DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez said.
The number of Filipinos with COVID-19 abroad now totals 736. Of this number, 426 are undergoing treatment while 222 have recovered.
Based on DFA data, 88 Filipinos abroad have died due to COVID-19, at least 49 in the Americas, one in the Asia Pacific region, 33 in Europe, and five in the Middle East/Africa.
As of April 15, there are 269 COVID-19 cases registered in the Asia Pacific region, 237 in Europe, 87 in Middle East/Africa, and 143 in the Americas.
Meñez said the DFA will continue to assist overseas Filipinos who may require help during the global coronavirus crisis.
“Today also marks the 16th consecutive day of DFA’s repatriation efforts since the COVID-19 outbreak. The DFA will tirelessly carry on with its commitment to assist our nationals abroad who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
On Wednesday morning, the DFA facilitated the arrival of some 354 Filipino seafarers from Miami, USA. All the seafarers underwent thorough mandatory health inspection by the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine upon disembarkation and will be subjected to a 14-day facility quarantine.
Carnival Cruises paid for the chartered flight while the ground transportation for the repatriates was provided by the United Philippines Lines (UPL), their manning agency.
The latest data from the World Health Organization show that there are a total of 2,082,835 confirmed COVID-19 cases globally as of April 16, 2020, 11:00 am.