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868 Filipinos abroad test positive for COVID-19

A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus linked to the Wuhan outbreak, shared with Reuters on February 18, 2020. NEXU Science Communication/via REUTERS/Files

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Saturday, April 18, that a total of 898 Filipinos abroad contacted the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Out of the said number of COVID-19 positive patients, 255 have recovered, 115 have perished, and 498 continue to receive treatment for the said disease.

The Asia Pacific Region has the most number of Filipinos abroad, 273, who tested positive for COVID-19 followed by Europe, 244; America, 199; and Middle East – Africa region, 152.

DFA promised to continue to provide assistance and ensure the welfare of Filipinos abroad.

The department also reminded Filipinos abroad to coordinate with the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate if they wish to the return to the Philippines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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