The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Wednesday 49 new recoveries from Covid-19 among Filipinos abroad, adding up to a total of 5,730.

The DFA also reported 20 new cases from four countries in Asia and the Pacific and Europe and two new deaths from the Middle East, the region with the biggest number of Filipino Covid-19 cases.

So far, there are 9,627 confirmed Covid-19 cases among Filipinos abroad: 6,795 cases are in the Middle East, 1,129 cases are in Europe, 941 cases are in Asia Pacific Region, and 762 cases in the Americas.

“As of today, the total number of DOH IHR (Department of Health’s International Health Regulations) verified cases has reached 1,720 which is about 18% of the total confirmed cases reported by [Foreign Service] Posts,” DFA posted on their Twitter account.

Meanwhile, 3,202 Filipinos abroad have been undergoing treatment and 695 deaths in total.

Despite the growing number of Covid-19 cases affecting Filipinos abroad, the Foreign Affairs Department gave its assurance in protecting Filipinos abroad from the coronavirus, which includes efforts in helping them travel back to the Philippines.

“With various issues and unprecedented concerns faced by our nationals abroad due to COVID-19, the DFA remains steadfast in promoting and protecting the welfare of our fellow Filipinos, whenever and wherever possible,” DFA continued.

In another tweet, the DFA announced that “[a] total of 132 Filipinos are going home from Thailand today, 05 August 2020 via a Philippine Airlines flight with landing clearances and permits secured and issued by the [DFA].” Francis David T. Perez