108 more Pinoys abroad positive for coronavirus; total now at 8,614


Posted at Jul 02 2020 05:02 PM

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the US. Courtesy of NIAID-RML

MANILA - A hundred and eight more overseas Filipinos caught COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

The new cases pushed the tally of overseas infections among Filipinos to 8,614.

"The increase is due to more accurate sourcing of data, as well as, late reports received by our Foreign Service Posts," the agency said in a statement.

The disease also claimed 7 more lives, raising the death toll to 561.

Meanwhile, the number of those who recovered from COVID-19 is up by 17 to 5,148, latest figures showed.

"Rest assured the DFA continues to keep track of the status of our nationals abroad and stands ready to assist, whenever possible," the agency said.

To date, 2,905 Filipino patients abroad are undergoing treatment for the disease, broken down as follows by region: 131 in the Asia Pacific, 468 in Europe, 2,154 in the Middle East and Africa, and 152 in the Americas.

In the Philippines, the novel coronavirus has so far infected 38,805 people, with 1,274 fatalities and 10,673 recoveries.  - With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News