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50 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,854

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs reports 17 new deaths on Sunday, July 12, raising the death toll to 611

PANDEMIC. A man wearing a face mask walks in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, as the city experiences new local outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,792

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:23 AM

The death toll nears 600

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Customers adhere to social distancing as they queue to enter a recently reopened Pret-A-Manger in London on May 4, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

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

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:08 PM

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 COVID-19 coronavirus, walk along a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 28, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,688

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:20 PM

There are no new deaths reported on Tuesday, July 7, keeping the death toll at 577

VIRUS RISK. People walk on the boardwalk  in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 4, 2020. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

No new coronavirus cases, deaths among Filipinos abroad; total stays at 8,679

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:59 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it continues to remain vigilant in monitoring the status of Filipinos abroad

OVERSEAS FILIPINOS. Filipino seafarers check in for their repatriation flight to Manila Photo from the DFA

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,679

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says 50 new coronavirus cases involving overseas Filipinos are recorded on Sunday, July 5

Homebound. Some 300 overseas Filipinos prepare to check-in at Kuwait International Airport, before taking their chartered Kuwait Airways flight to Manila on 01 July 2020. This is the second repatriation flight arranged by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait this week. Kuwait PE Photo

DFA closes coronavirus-hit Aseana consular office

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs says its NCR South consular office will be open on July 6 after disinfection procedures were completed

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,627

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:33 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says no new deaths are recorded

HALT. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2020 an aircraft grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic is pictured at Manchester Airport in Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

108 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,614

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:30 PM

An additional country in Africa reports cases involving overseas Filipinos

CORONAVIRUS SPREAD. People wait to be screened during a testing drive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District, South Africa, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Over 8,500 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Over half of the confirmed cases involving Filipinos overseas already recovered, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

VIRUS THREAT. Police officers (L) secure an area as people wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk on a street in Beijing on May 4, 2020. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

OFWs in UAE seek Locsin’s help to address canceled flights

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:19 PM

'Hindi na po namin hiningi na tulungan kami financially. Kami na po bumili ng sarili naming tickets. Ang gusto lang po namin ay makauwi sa Pilipinas'

MASK-CLAD passengers depart from the Dubai International Airport in this photo from April 6, 2020. Emirates Airline has resumed a limited number of outbound passenger flights after the COVID-19 lockdown. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,474

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:34 PM

There is an additional country in Africa reporting new infections involving Filipinos

CONTACT TRACING. People who had their car number plates recorded in the area of the Xinfadi market where a new COVID-19 coronavirus cluster emerged last week, wait in line to do swab tests for the coronavirus at a testing centre in Beijing on June 17, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Another 34 Filipinos abroad contract coronavirus; total at 8,467

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:03 PM

Majority of confirmed cases are found in the Middle East

PANDEMIC NOT OVER. Health professionals check a patient infected with COVID-19 at the intensive care unit of the Doctor Ernesto Che Guevara Public Hospital in Marica, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on June 6, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,433

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:35 PM

The cases include 2,814 Filipinos who are still receiving treatment for COVID-19 as of Sunday, June 28

CASES CLIMB. A medical technician wearing personal protective equipment walks past as a woman waits to give a sample at a COVID-19 testing center in Chenna, India on June 26, 2020. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

15 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus, total at 8,432

Jun 27, 2020 - 7:04 PM

Death toll remains at 536

REPATRIATES. A total of 184 Filipinos are going home from Thailand today via an AirAsia Philippines flight chartered for the Filipino community by Thai-Filipino-owned Bangkok Vista Holidays Co. Ltd. Bangkok PE photo

DFA warns OFW repatriation funds may run out by August

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:30 PM

DFA Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola says they are allowed to repatriate only 350 passengers per chartered flight that costs P13 million up to P14 million per trip

GOING HOME. Around 500 OFW repatriates mostly from the Middle East are given COVID-19 clearances to go home to their respective provinces via land transport on June 18, 2020 at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Nearly 8,400 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:29 PM

The death toll is at 513

CASES RISE. Children sell facemasks on a street after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on May 16, 2020. (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP)

Number of overseas Filipinos with coronavirus climbs to 8,351

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The confirmed cases include 2,767 Filipinos being treated and 5,072 others who recovered

QUARANTINE. Health officials measure temperatures of motorists as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 at the Maseru bridge in in Maseru, Lesotho, on March 10, 2020. Photo by Molise Molise/AFP

23 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,324

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The Middle East continues to register the largest number of coronavirus cases involving Filipinos overseas

PANDEMIC RESPONSE. Staff members wear hazmat suits as they take part in a drill to prepare for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir/AFPB

Over 8,000 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus, death toll at 506

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the spike in cases is due to late reports from some countries in the Middle East observing strict confidentiality and privacy laws

PANDEMIC NOT OVER. Passengers wearing personal protective equipment walk through the arrivals hall after landing at at Terminal Two of London Heathrow Airport in west London, on May 9, 2020. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

LIST: Which countries can Filipinos travel to during pandemic?

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Here are the countries with travel restrictions still in place as of Sunday, July 5

TRAVELING IN A PANDEMIC. Outgoing passengers check-in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on May 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Coronavirus pandemic forces over 51,000 Filipinos to return to PH

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:05 PM

More than half of returning overseas Filipinos are sea-based workers, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs

LIFE INTERRUPTED. Around 500 OFW who were given clearance to go home to their respective provinces are seen at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) on June 18, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus rises to 6,141

Jun 21, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The coronavirus death toll involving overseas Filipinos is at 496 as of Sunday, June 21

CHECKING. A Saudi nurse checks a patient's temperature at a mobile clinic catering for the residents of Ajyad Almasafi district in the holy city of Mecca, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Bandar Aldandani/AFP

6,140 Filipinos overseas positive for coronavirus

Jun 20, 2020 - 7:34 PM

12 more Filipinos die of coronavirus in the Middle East, bringing the total death toll to 495

CORONAVIRUS. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

6,091 Filipinos overseas positive for coronavirus

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs counts 6 new deaths, raising the death toll to 472

PANDEMIC NOT OVER. People wearing facemasks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Number of Filipinos with coronavirus overseas now at 6,074

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The coronavirus death toll involving Filipinos abroad is now at 466

QUARANTINE. In this picture taken on May 18, 2020 a shopping mall official uses a thermal scanner to check the temperature of shoppers before they enter at the Centaurus Mall. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Over 6,000 Filipinos overseas positive for coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:57 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says 16 more Filipinos abroad died of COVID-19, raising the death toll to 442

LIFE DURING PANDEMIC. People visit the Loggia dei Lanzi building on Piazza della Signoria in Florence on June 2, 2020. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

25 more Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus; total now at 5,566

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs counts 17 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 426

PANDEMIC. Passengers queue at an airport in Mumbai on May 25, 2020. File Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 5,541

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:17 PM

The death toll is now at 409, after 9 new fatalities are reported on Sunday, June 14

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. Health professionals check a patient infected with COVID-19 at the Intensive Care Unit  of the Doctor Ernesto Che Guevara Public Hospital in Marica, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on June 6, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Duterte's first foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr dies

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The late Perfecto Yasay Jr served as foreign secretary for less than a year, until he was removed from office due to a citizenship controversy

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. The late Perfecto Yasay Jr was the first foreign secretary of the Duterte government. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

40 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 5,469

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Eight new deaths in the Americas and the Middle East bring the death toll to 390

PROTECTIVE GEAR. A passenger wearing a face mask and protective suit walks through Terminal 1 of John F. Kennedy Airport amid the novel coronavirus pandemic on May 13, 2020 in Queens, New York. Photo by Johanne Eisele/AFP

5,430 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus; deaths at 382

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Confirmed cases include 2,702 still being treated for the disease and 2,346 others who already recovered

PANDEMIC. A couple wear face masks as they walk outside in central Moscow on May 7, 2020. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

12 more Filipinos abroad contract coronavirus; total at 5,401

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The death toll climbs to 380, after 9 new fatalities are recorded

RUSH. Commuters queue at the Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg on June 1, 2020. Photo by Emmanuel Croset/AFP

Over 5,400 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:32 PM

One new death is recorded, bringing the death toll to 371

HEALTH MEASURES. Some Iranians wear face masks as they walk along a street in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by AFP

Number of overseas Filipinos with coronavirus rises to 5,392

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs counts 24 new cases and 7 more deaths involving Filipinos abroad on Sunday, June 7

LIVING WITH CORONAVIRUS. Shoppers wear walk outside a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2020, as sectors of the economy are being reopened following restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Overseas Filipinos with coronavirus reach 5,369

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Middle East and Africa have the highest number of Filipinos infected with the virus, but the most deaths are in the Americas

OFWS. Stranded passengers mostly OFWs queque as they wait to buy ticket to go back to their respective provinces at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 4, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler


Over 5,300 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:16 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs counts 96 new cases and 2 more deaths, as of Thursday, June 4

LIVING IN A PANDEMIC. People sit at a bar's terrace in Valencia, on May 19, 2020, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus  outbreak. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

Filipino community in Hong Kong now COVID-19 free – DFA

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:42 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the remaining Filipino coronavirus patients in Hong Kong have been discharged from the hospital following their recovery

FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS. In this photo is Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, one of several hospitals where coronavirus patients in Hong Kong are being treated. Photo by Tommy Walker/Rappler

29 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 5,259

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs records 7 more deaths among Filipino coronavirus patients abroad, raising the death toll to 354

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. In this picture taken on May 18, 2020 a shopping mall official uses a thermal scanner to check the temperature of shoppers at the Centaurus Mall in Islamabad. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Number of overseas Filipinos with coronavirus climbs to 5,230

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:25 PM

The death toll is at 347 on Tuesday, June 2, after 5 new fatalities are recorded in the Middle East

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. An Iranian man, wearing a protective face mask, exits a bus in the capital city of Tehran, on May 26, 2020. Photo by stringer/AFP

34 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total cases at 5,218

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says there are 3 new fatalities, raising the death toll involving overseas Filipinos to 342

SAFETY MEASURES. A volunteer disinfects an alley at the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 20, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus up by 2,315, bringing total to 5,184

May 31, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the spike is 'due to some late reports' from the Middle East 'where many host governments implement strict data privacy and confidentiality rules'

Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020, to go home to their respective provinces in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro after their overdue mandatory quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Overseas Filipinos with COVID-19 now 2,869

May 30, 2020 - 6:08 PM

No new deaths were reported, while some 975 Filipinos abroad have recovered from the coronavirus

KYRGYZSTAN. A municipal worker disinfects a street in front of the Kyrgyzstan Parliament as a measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Bishkek on March 26, 2020. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

DFA: Visa suspension on foreigners stays for now

May 29, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the travel restriction due to the coronavirus pandemic is still in effect 'until further notice'

TRAVELING IN A PANDEMIC. Personnel at the NAIA Terminal 1 install precautionary health measures. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

24 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 2,845

May 29, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs records 4 more deaths, raising the coronavirus death toll among Filipinos overseas to 340

PROTECTIVE GEAR. A passenger wearing a face mask and protective suit walks through Terminal 1 of John F Kennedy Airport during the novel coronavirus pandemic on May 13, 2020. Photo by Johanne Eisele/AFP

Over 2,800 Filipinos overseas positive for coronavirus

May 28, 2020 - 5:19 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs sees a spike in cases in a Middle Eastern country that updated numbers after nearly 2 months

PANDEMIC. A man wears a face masks as he walks past closed stalls at a hawker centre, where the seats have been cordoned off as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 in Singapore on April 21, 2020. Photo by Catherine Lai/ AFP

Number of Filipinos with coronavirus abroad rises to 2,664

May 27, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The death toll stands at 334 as of Wednesday, May 27

SAFETY MEASURES. A member of the Yemeni Civil Defense sprays disinfectant on his colleague in the Yemeni capital Sanaa amid the coronavirus  pandemic, on April 12, 2020. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Fearing coronavirus, OFWs in Algeria ask PH gov’t to bring them home

May 27, 2020 - 4:52 PM

At least 152 Filipinos working in construction sites remain stranded in the African country

DISINFECTION. Municipal workers dressed in protective gear disinfect a street in the Bab el-Oued district of Algeria's capital Algiers on April 9, 2020. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

18 more Filipinos abroad test positive for coronavirus; total at 2,635

May 26, 2020 - 8:36 PM

There are no new deaths recorded among overseas Filipinos

FRONT LINE. A physiotherapist attends to a patient who recovered from COVID-19 at the Clinica CEMTRO in Madrid on May 22, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Number of overseas Filipinos with coronavirus reaches 2,617

May 25, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the death toll due to COVID-19 stands at 328

PANDEMIC. A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfects Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on May 19, 2020. Photo by Kirill  Kudryavstev/AFP