74 more Filipinos abroad contract coronavirus; total at 8,762

Sofia Tomacruz
The Middle East region continues to report the largest number of Filipinos infected with the coronavirus

CASES RISING. Pedestrians wearing protective masks due to the coronavirus walk along a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 28, 2020. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs reported that another 74 Filipinos abroad were infected with the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 8,762 as of Wednesday, July 8. 

The death toll also rose to 590, following 13 new fatalities. 

The confirmed cases include 2,935 Filipinos who are still undergoing treatment and 5,237 others who already recovered. 

The Middle East region continued to report the largest number of Filipinos infected with COVID-19, with 6,363 listed so far. The region also saw the highest number of deaths at 324. 

Cases were spread out across 63 countries, after one new country in Africa reported infections among Filipinos. Below is the breakdown of cases per region:

Asia-Pacific
17 countries included

  • Total: 674
  • Undergoing treatment: 122
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 548
  • Deaths: 4

Europe
16 countries included

  • Total: 1,028
  • Undergoing treatment: 478
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 456
  • Deaths: 94

Middle East and Africa
23 countries included

  • Total: 6,363
  • Undergoing treatment: 2,216
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 3,823
  • Deaths: 324

Americas
7 countries included

  • Total: 697
  • Undergoing treatment: 119
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 410
  • Deaths: 168

Of the 8,762 cases, 1,373 have been confirmed by the Philippine Department of Health, which tracks cases based on International Health Regulations from the World Health Organization. 

The Philippines reported 47,873 confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, July 7, including 1,309 deaths and 12,386 recoveries. The latest number of cases has yet to be announced as of this posting. 

Worldwide cases increased to over 11.8 million, while the death toll surpassed 544,000 fatalities in over 196 countries and territories. – with a report from Agence France/PresseRappler.com

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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 sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.