DFA logs two new COVID cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2021   •   768

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported two new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad.

Likewise, three overseas Filipino workers (OFW) recovered from the infection and no new fatalities were recorded.

Overall, DFA logged a total of 20,424 cases of COVID-19 among Filipinos from different parts of the world.

Of this number, 7,108 are currently undergoing treatment.

Also, 12,096 recovered and a total of 1,220 succumbed to the disease in all 94 countries and territories around the globe.

No Filipinos reported affected by underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – No Filipino casualties have been reported following the massive underwater volcanic eruption that triggered tsunami warnings across the Pacific, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the DFA said that as of January 18, the Philippine Embassy in Wellington has received no reports of casualties in the Filipino community in Tonga and Samoa.

The department said the Association of Filipinos in Tonga Inc. reached out to the Philippine Embassy in Wellington via email informing the latter that every Filipino citizen in the Kingdom of Tonga has been accounted for and that there are currently no casualties.

Internet and international calls, however, are still currently unavailable.

“As such, the Association of Filipinos in Tonga Inc. has requested the Philippine Embassy in Wellington to let their families know that our kababayans are safe,” the DFA said.

The department assured that the Philippine Embassy in Wellington is continuing to exhaust efforts to contact Filipinos in Tonga primarily through the use of its emergency satellite phone.

“Indications show that it might take two (2) weeks before the communications system is fully restored in Tonga,” it said.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Philippine Embassy in Wellington, will continue to closely monitor the situation in Tonga, to ensure the continued safety of our kababayans,” it added.

The volcanic eruption in Tonga that occurred on Saturday triggered a tsunami that flooded parts of the Pacific island nation.

PHL logs 32,246 new cases of COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday recorded 32,246 additional cases of COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its bulletin, the DOH said the latest tally pushed the country’s number of active cases to 208,164.

Of these cases, 6,435 are asymptomatic, 197,091 are mild, 2,872 are moderate, 1,468 are severe, and 298 are in critical condition.

The DOH noted that of the fresh cases reported, 31,793 occurred from December 30 to January 12.

The top regions with the most cases in the recent weeks were the National Capital Region, Region 4A, and Region 3.

The positivity rate was at 45.7 percent based on 63,903 tests administered on January 10.

Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 2,797,816 with 5,063 new ones.

The death toll climbed to 52,654 with 144  new fatalities.

The DOH noted that 11 laboratories were not able to submit their data on time. These facilities contribute on average 3.3 percent of samples tested and 4.5 percent of positive cases.

The utilization rate of intensive care units nationwide went up to 43% and 56% in Metro Manila.

In Metro Manila, 55% of isolation beds are in use and 45% nationwide. Ward beds, meanwhile, are 67% utilized in Metro Manila, and 43% across the country.

Up to 24% of ventilators are being used in Metro Manila and 18% nationwide.

Philippines logs record high 33,169 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Monday logged a record-high of 33,169 new COVID-19 infections, according to data released by the Department of Health (DOH).

This is the third straight day that the agency posted record-high fresh cases. On Saturday, the country reported 26,458 and was surpassed on Sunday with 28,707 new infections.

Of the newly reported cases, 32,972 or 99 percent occurred within the last 14 days. Metro Manila reported the highest number of cases with 18,535, followed by Calabarzon with 7,443 cases and Central Luzon with 3,403 cases.

In its bulletin, the DOH said the latest figure pushed the country’s number of active cases to 157,526. The total confirmed cases rose to 2,998,530 since the pandemic started.

Of the active cases, 4,994 are asymptomatic, 147,912 are experiencing mild symptoms, 2,858 are moderate, 1,461 are severe, and 301 are in critical condition.

The positivity rate was at 46 percent based on test results of 73,234 individuals tested on January 8.

The DOH noted that 10 laboratories were not able to submit their data on time. These facilities contribute on average 6.2 percent of samples tested and 6.3 percent of positive cases.

The data also showed that the death toll increased to 52,293 with 145 new fatalities.

Total recoveries reached 2,788,711 after 3,725 more recovered from the viral disease.

The utilization rate of intensive care units nationwide went up to 38% and 52% in Metro Manila.

Isolation beds are 54% in use in Metro Manila, and 41% nationwide. Ward beds, meanwhile, are 67% utilized in Metro Manila, and 67% across the country.

Up to 25% of ventilators are being used in Metro Manila and 17% nationwide.

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