280 Filipinos Abroad Test Positive for COVID-19

The Department of Foreign Affairs announced as of March 28 a total of 280 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases among Filipinos abroad. This is an increase of 35 more cases from yesterday’s tally.

From the total tally of 280 cases, 168 of the COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment while 108 have either recovered or been discharged. 4 patients have died from the virus.

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“With approximately 10 million Overseas Filipinos (OFs) living and working around the world, some in large concentrations in countries that are now epicenters of COVID-19, it is inevitable that our nationals will be affected by this disease,” the DFA said in a statement.

The 280 cases span over 28 countries and regions. These include the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas.

However, the DFA clarified that not all have been verified by the Department of Health. Only 140 cases are currently included in the DOH record.

Meanwhile, the Philippines has recorded a total of 1,075 cases in the country.

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