The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in its Facebook post today reported that the total number of Filipinos abroad with confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has risen to 704 from yesterday’s 660.

258 cases are found in Asia Pacific, Europe has 221, the Americas with 139, and 86 are found in the Middle East and Africa.

400 of the 704 infected are currently undergoing treatment in separate hospitals and health facilities in the countries where they are found.

Those who have recovered and been discharged total 216.  However, four new deaths were recorded in the Americas and Europe.

Some of the latest addition to this number are the nine Filipino nurses in Germany who are manifesting mild symptoms.

At least two of them are asymptomatic and are awaiting the end of their quarantine period so they can undergo testing again.

“Dito po kasi karamihan … pati ang may mga work permit, naka-enroll po sila lahat sa national insurance system (Here, nearly all … (including) those with work permits are enrolled in the national insurance system),” she added, “Kaya covered po sila ng mga ganyang gastusin (So they are covered from those expenses.), Ambassador Maria Theresa Dizon-De Vega said.

A total of 84 Filipinos abroad have lost the battle with the deadly virus since the pandemic started. (Jojo Mangahis)