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Foreigners also got COVID-19

Foreigners in the Philippines also afflicted with COVID-19

MANILA – A total of 234 foreign nationals were reported to have been COVID-19 positive while in the country.

According to figures from the office of Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire, 186 (79%) of them have recovered while 11 others died as of August 23,2020..

Ninety percent or 210 of them have had no history of travel within the 14 days before the onset of illness and eventual laboratory confirmation.

Eighty-seven of them or 37% were Chinese, 15 or 6% were Americans, 14 or 6% where Indians while 13 or 6% were Japanese. There were also Australians and Indonesians with 7 each or 3% while another six or another 3% were British/United Kingdom nationals.

The Department of Health’s Event-based Surveillance and Response report confirmed there were five each or 2% each from Italy, Faroe Islanders from the Northeast Atlantic region, Macau SAR and Taiwanese. There were four each or 2% from Canada, Germany and Malaysia and three each or 1% from Thailand, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Bangladesh, from British overseas territories and Singapore.

There were two each or 1% from Norway, Fiji, Poland, France, Iran and 25 from unspecified countries. There were no other details as to where they were confined and how they left the country. It was not known whether the foreign nationals were long-time residents or tourists when they were stricken by the virus. (Melo M. Acuña)

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire (Screen Grab from Malacanang President Briefing August 24,2020)

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