No COVID-19 deaths among Filipinos in Japan, envoy says


Posted at Jun 15 2020 02:33 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2020 08:32 AM

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask crosses a street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the business district in Tokyo, Japan, May 21, 2020. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

MANILA -- The Filipino community in Japan has yet to see deaths in relation to COVID-19, Philippine Ambassador Jose Laurel said Monday as he flaunted stellar recovery rate.

Of the Filipinos who were infected with COVID-19 in Japan, everyone recovered except for 2 who are still under treatment, Laurel said.

Philippine authorities in Japan have so far sent home some 1,000 Filipinos while the repatriation of 126 others are being worked out, the envoy said.

Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the state of emergency in the capital Tokyo, claiming victory for managing to keep total infections relatively low.