DFA: Number of Filipinos abroad infected with coronavirus nears 3,000


Posted at May 30 2020 06:52 PM

MANILA--The number of Filipinos abroad infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reached 2,869 after the Department of Foreign Affairs reported 24 new cases Saturday.

The DFA said in a statement that of the total, 975 recovered and 340 others died; the remaining 1,554 are still recovering or active cases.

According to the DFA, The number of countries or regions with Filipino COVID-19 cases has reached 47.

"The latest figures continue to highlight the different stages of the COVID story across the four major geographic regions where Europe and the Middle East still have the highest number of recorded Filipinos infected with COVID-19," the department said.

The DFA said that the Americas, one of the regions severely hit by the pandemic, have the highest number of Filipino fatalities while the Asia and the Pacific region has the fewest number of cases and highest in recoveries.

"Experts are now also studying why fatalities are comparatively much lower in the Asia-Pacific region compared to the other areas," the DFA said.

On Friday, the Philippines reported 1,046 more coronavirus cases, raising the country's total number of infections to 16,634. Of the total, 3,720 recovered and 942 died.

As of May 29, more than 5,700,000 people have been infected by COVID-19, with over 350,000 deaths, since its first emergence in China in December 2019, according to the World Health Organization.