Over 200,000 Filipino migrants repatriated; no new coronavirus deaths abroad


More than 200,000 overseas Filipino workers have returned home since the coronavirus disease pandemic began, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the DFA said a total of 204,481 overseas Filipinos worldwide have been repatriated. Of this number, 69,477 are sea-based workers while 135,004 are land-based workers.

In September, the DFA chartered several flights to repatriate 41,892 Filipinos, more than a thousand of them from Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

The chartered flights were paid for through the DFA Assistance-to-Nationals Fund.

Meanwhile, no new coronavirus cases are reported among Filipinos living abroad, so the total number of cases stays at 10,549, the DFA said.

In its updated tally posted Sunday on Twitter, the agency noted that of the total cases, 3,006 are still undergoing treatment at various health centres.

The total number of deaths due to the coronavirus remains at 793 after the DFA recorded no additional deaths among Filipinos abroad.

The total number of COVID-19 recoveries among Filipinos abroad also remains at 6,750 with no new recoveries, the DFA said. (Source: INIQUIRER.net)