About 65 Filipinos died of COVID-19 overseas, says foreign affairs office


Ten more Filipinos overseas have died due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, making the death toll of overseas Filipinos 65 in total, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday.

DFA data shows that eight Filipinos succumbed to the disease in the Americas while two died in the European region.

“Reports on our (Overseas Filipinos) as of today show an increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 6% across the regions of Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/Africa; with most of the new cases and deaths recorded in the Americas,” the DFA said in a statement.

DFA data also shows that the disease has infected 217 Filipinos in 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region, 61 cases in 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa, 192 cases in 12 countries in Europe, and 99 cases in three countries in the Americas.

Despite this, DFA said the number of recoveries “significantly increased” at 19 percent, the highest for the past two weeks.

“We owe the increasing number of recoveries to all the brave health workers across the globe who continues to risk their lives to ensure the health of our kababayan [compatriots]abroad,” it said.

The foreign affairs department also reported that other countries are likewise anticipating the extension of lockdowns imposed in their respective areas.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 1.4 million people as of April 8, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus board.

The United States of America has the most number of cases at 387,547, followed by Spain at 140,618.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health said there are 3,764 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, with the death toll at 177. (Source: INQUIRER.net)