Nearly 2,000 Filipinos overseas get coronavirus

Sofia Tomacruz
Nearly 2,000 Filipinos overseas get coronavirus
1 new death is recorded in the Americas, bringing the death toll due to the disease to 215

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 38 more Filipinos were infected with the coronavirus, pushing the total number of confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos to 1,905 as of Wednesday, May 6. 

One new death was counted in the Americas, bringing to 215 the number of deaths due to the disease. 

The total confirmed cases included 1,167 who were still undergoing treatment and 523 who recovered.  

The DFA urged Filipinos affected by the disease, travel bans, and the temporary suspension of flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to contact their nearest Philippine embassy or consulate. 

Cases were spread out across 46 countries, with the following breakdown per region below: 

Asia Pacific
12 countries included

  • Total: 376
  • Undergoing treatment: 164
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 210
  • Deaths: 2 

16 countries included  

  • Total: 608
  • Undergoing treatment: 388
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 147
  • Deaths: 73

 Middle East
12 countries included

  • Total: 433
  • Undergoing treatment: 380
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 34
  • Deaths: 19

6 countries included 

  • Total: 488
  • Undergoing treatment: 235
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 132
  • Deaths: 121

Of the 1,905 cases, 467 have been confirmed by the Philippine Department of Health, which tracks cases based on International Health Regulations.

The Philippines counted 10,004 confirmed cases, including 658 deaths and 1,506 recoveries. 

The number of infections worldwide surpassed 3.5 million while over 255,000 people have died across 190 countries and territories. –

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at