DFA: Number of Filipinos abroad infected with COVID-19 nearly 1,200


Posted at Apr 24 2020 06:14 PM

MANILA--The number of Filipinos abroad diagnosed with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reached nearly 1,200 after the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed 63 new cases on Friday.

The DFA said in a statement that 1,185 Filipinos have been infected with COVID-19 in 43 countries and international regions.

Of the total, 689 Filipinos are under treatment while 319 of them have recovered or were discharged from hospital.

The remaining 177 died of the disease.

"The rates of new confirmed cases at 5.61 percent and new deaths at 9.62 percent, as of (Friday), are higher than the rate of confirmed recoveries at 4.25 percent," the DFA said.

Europe has the most number of Filipino cases with 389, followed by the Asia-Pacific Region with 327. The Americas reported 303 cases, while the Middle East and Africa regions have 166.

The DFA said it will continue to monitor Filipinos abroad and assured it will provide "the necessary assistance, as needed."