DOH says total of 97 foreigners with COVID-19 in PH

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2020 07:19 PM

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said that less than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines were of foreign nationals, but it is unclear if these include those who were staying in an illegal hospital in Clark.

“As of May 21, mayroon pong 97 confirmed COVID-19 cases among foreign nationals reported here in the Philippines,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised hearing.

(As of May 21, there have been 97 confirmed COVID-19 cases among foreign nationals here in the Philippines.)

Of the total, 32 are Chinese, 13 are American, 5 Japanese, 4 from Taiwan, 4 Indian, and 39 from other countries.

Vergeire said 60 of them are still in hospitals or are in self-isolation while 21 have already recovered.

Eight have died.

Vergeire did not answer when asked if the Chinese patients staying at an illegal health facility at the Fontana Leisure Park in Pampanga were included in the tally.

ABS-CBN News earlier reported that 490 individuals from the facility were tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. 

As of Friday, the Philippines has recorded a total of 13,597 cases of COVID-19, with 3,092 recoveries and 857 deaths.