DFA reports 5 new Covid-19 cases among Filipinos abroad

DFA reports 5 new Covid-19 cases among Filipinos abroad

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday reported five more cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) among Filipinos abroad, raising the total to 10,424.

It also registered 16 new recoveries in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, and Africa, while one new fatality was recorded in Africa.

To date, the total recoveries are pegged at 6,645 while the death toll stands at 786.

The active cases are at 2,993, at least 321 are undergoing treatment in the Asia Pacific, 190 in Europe, 2,316 in the Middle East/Africa, and 166 in the Americas.

“The DFA shall continue to keep track of the status of overseas Filipinos and stands ready to assist and facilitate repatriations, whenever possible,” the DFA said in a statement.

As of September 20, the DFA has brought home a total of 185,650 overseas Filipinos, of whom 65,048 are sea-based while 120,602 are land-based.

Last week, about 11,611 overseas Filipinos returned to Manila amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of this number at least 8,132 came from the Middle East while 1,299 were from Europe, including three medical repatriates from Turkey, Malta, and Spain.

The newly arrived nationals also included 1,089 Filipinos from the Americas and 981 from Asia, including the two rescued Filipino crew members of the missing Gulf Livestock-1 from Japan and eight Filipino seafarers who had been stranded in the waters of Ningde City, Fujian Province, China due to travel restrictions brought about by Covid-19. (PNA)

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