55 Filipinos infected with COVID-19 in Malaysia: envoy

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2020 12:46 PM

Firefighters spray disinfectant on a street during the movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 31, 2020. Lim Huey Teng, Reuters

MANILA- The Philippine Embassy in Malaysia is monitoring the condition of 55 Filipinos who tested positive for COVID-19, Manila's envoy Charles Jose said Friday.

Nine of the patients have been discharged from the hospital while 46 are still undergoing treatment, Jose said.

"Minomonitor po ng embassy ang kanilang status and safety on a daily basis," Jose said in a virtual press briefing.

(The embassy is monitoring their status and safety on a daily basis.)

Only 1 of the 55 Filipinos is not from the Philippines, Jose said. The rest came only to Malaysia to attend a tabligh gathering or a Muslim convention.

The ambassador said the Philippine Embassy would help the Filipinos return to the Philippines after their COVID-19 treatment.

"Siguro once matapos po ang treatment nila, tutulungan po namin sila para marepatriate po at makabalik ng Pilipinas," he said.

(Once they finish treatment, we will help them return to the Philippines.)

Malaysia last week started a partial lockdown following a spike in COVID-19 cases.