Sat. May 30th, 2020

OFW Tested Positive For Covid-19 Raises To 335 With 4 Fatalities- DFA

Philippines, the number Overseas Filipino Worker tested positive for Corona Virus disease (Covid-19) raises to 335 with 4 fatalities as of March 30, 2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported (DFA).

Also, the DFA confirmed that two of the fatalities were based in Europe (with no specific location), while the other two were based in the Asia Pacific and Middle East/Africa regions.

Two-hundred twenty (220)of the victims are still undergoing treatment and at least one-hundred eleven (111) have already recovered and were discharged.

The reports were collected based on the number of cases from 30 countries and regions with 29 cases from the United States of America, 47 cases from the Middle East/Africa, 86 from Europe, and 173 cases came from the Asia Pacific.

Repatriated OFWs

On the other hand, the Philippines had welcomed a total number of 253 distressed overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait last March 26, 2020. This is amidst the lockdown in both countries, the Philippines and Kuwait due to the coronavirus 2019 (covid19) pandemic.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), all 253 overseas workers underwent the proper medical protocols and check-up at the airport as per the Department of Health’s Bureau of Quarantine requirement.

The expats were also reminded to follow and observed strict home quarantine for 14 days. Those who cannot go home yet to their provinces due to the lockdown in Luzon were given temporary shelter.

The expats were from Talha Deportation Center, Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Expatriate Shelter and the Embassy-run shelter.

They are composed of 179 distressed domestic workers; 39 former detainees at Talha Deportation Center, Sulaibiya Central Jail and other detention facilities in Kuwait; 34 walk-in PAM clients who encountered employment-related problems; and one infant.

The repatriation was part of Kuwaiti government’s precautionary measure to stop the spread of covid19 in their country.

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