DFA: 6 new COVID-19 deaths reported among overseas Filipinos as cases rise to 535

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2020 07:21 PM

MANILA - There are 6 new deaths due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the Americas and Europe among overseas Filipinos as of April 6, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

There are now 535 confirmed cases among Filipino nationals abroad from 34 countries/regions covering the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East. 

Of the number of cases, 347 are undergoing treatment, 133 have recovered or been discharged, while 55 have died. 

The DFA observed that in terms of overall deaths, the Americas recorded “a sudden spike with an increasing trend” beginning in April compared to all the other regions as reported by the World Health Organization. 

“Many of our overseas Filipinos are in the North Americas and therefore remain vulnerable to this observed trend,” the DFA warned. 

The DFA said continuous repatriation efforts are being organized and facilitated by the agency as it caters to the needs of land-based OFWs as well as seafarers who are in countries affected by COVID-19 pandemic.