DFA: Number of overseas Filipinos infected with COVID-19 now at 5,369


Posted at Jun 06 2020 08:14 PM

A view shows the Al-Rajhi Mosque, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 31, 2020. Ahmed Yosri, Reuters

MANILA--The total number of Filipinos overseas who have been infected with the novel coronavirus has reached 5,369 after the Department of Foreign Affairs announced 8 new infections on Saturday.

Of the total, 2,225 have recovered and 363 others died. The remaining 2,781 cases are still active or recovering, the DFA said.

The foreign office said the Middle East has the highest recorded Filipino COVID-19 cases with more than 3,300. The region also has the highest number of recovered Filipino coronavirus patients, with more than 1,300.

The Americas, meanwhile, still have the highest number of Filipino fatalities with 152.

On Saturday, the Philippines confirmed 714 more novel coronavirus infections, bringing the nationwide total to 21,340.

Of the total, 994 died and 4,441 others survived.

Since its first emergence in China, the deadly coronavirus has infected more than 6.5 million people worldwide, killing over 387,000, according to the World Health Organization.