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DFA: No new deaths among Filipinos abroad

Gabbie Parlade

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DFA said that over 29,531 Overseas Filipino Workers have been repatriated as of May 23.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday reported no new deaths among Filipinos abroad infected by the coronavirus disease.

In its latest report, the  DFA said the number of fatalities still remains at 334 with the highest number recorded in the Americas region.

Data from John Hopkins University showed that the United States is still at the top spot worldwide with the highest cases at 1.6 million and over 100,000 deaths.

The DFA also reported that the confirmed cases among Filipinos overseas have reached 2,821 with 157 newly added mostly coming from the Middle East.

“The spike covers numbers received from one country in the Middle East where data was not updated for almost two months,” the DFA said.

They also confirmed that a majority of the cases were likewise reported in the European region with 464 Filipinos still undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile, DFA said that over 29,531 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have been repatriated as of May 23.

A large part of it or 66.8 percent were sea-based or working as ship crew members while 33.2 percent others were land-based.

Some of the earlier repatriated OFW came from Germany, Cambodia and the United States.

National Task Force Chief Implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. previously said that 42,000 more Filipinos are expected to return by June arriving from other countries also affected by the pandemic.

As of writing, the Philippines now has 15,558 cases with 10 percent of the new cases reported among repatriated OFW.

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