By Brenda L. del Rosario
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced yesterday that no new cases and fatalities of Covid-19 were recorded from Filipinos abroad.
The number of confirmed cases remains 11,559, the death toll stood at 834 while the total number of currently being treated for the disease is 3,247 and recoveries is still 7,478.
“The DFA remains fully committed to monitoring the situation of overseas Filipinos who are affected by the pandemic and remains steadfast in promoting and protecting their welfare,” the DFA statement read.
Those undergoing treatment for COVID-19 are broken down as follows by region: 559 in the Asia Pacific, 228 in Europe, 2,329 in the Middle East and Africa, and 131 in the Americas.
Meanwhile, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III already received reports from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration where 319,333 OFWs were transported to their respective provinces as of Nov. 21 after they were cleared and tested negative of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Separate reports by the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices on Sunday indicated that a good number of OFWs who were afflicted by Covid-19 have already recovered from the disease.
Among the 111 infected Filipinos in Israel, 103 had already recovered while there was no fresh report of mortality among the 3,577 afflicted OFWs in Qatar.
Of the monitored Filipinos in Europe, 108 had recovered in Spain, eight in France, five in Portugal, and six in Andorra. There were 82 recoveries in Germany, while the rest are still recovering.
All seven confirmed cases among Filipinos in Belgium had recovered, while the two cases each in the Netherlands and Luxembourg had also recovered.
In Russia, meanwhile, the 29 confirmed cases among OFWs had all recovered.
Based on the latest tally of the US-based Johns Hopkins University, more than 58.1 million people across the world have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, with 1.38 million deaths.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 255,905 deaths from 12,090,469 cases. At least 4,529,700 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 168,989 deaths from 6,052,786 cases, India with 133,227 deaths from 9,095,806 cases, Mexico with 101,373 deaths from 1,032,688 cases, and the United Kingdom with 54,626 deaths from 1,493,383 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 134 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Peru with 108, Spain 91, Argentina 82.
China – excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 86,431 cases, including 4,634 deaths and 81,481 recoveries.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 433,865 deaths from 12,431,882 cases, Europe 369,144 deaths from 16,253,491 infections, and the United States and Canada 267,302 deaths from 12,414,386 cases.
Asia has reported 187,681 deaths from 11,869,395 cases, the Middle East 73,549 deaths from 3,106,525 cases, Africa 49,433 deaths from 2,059,651 cases, and Oceania 941 deaths from 30,131 cases. (AI/MTVN)