127 Filipinos abroad added to DFA's COVID-19 count last week

January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign affairs officials last week saw 127 added to its count of Filipinos abroad infected with the coronavirus, with the total now at 13,018.

The number overseas surpassed the 13,000th mark from the period of January 3 to 9, per daily bulletins by the DFA.

Some 67 additional cases were reported on January 5, the highest last week, followed by 37 new Filipino patients on January 4

No explanation was given in both instances, but the department had attributed spikes before to late reports of countries with private concerns.

There were also no new infections, deaths and recoveries reported on Sunday, January 10.

This means that the fatality count is still at 934, while the number of patients who got well are still at 8,460.

Some 3,624 also continue to receive treatment.

The Middle East remains with the highest number of Filipino cases at 7,712, 601 deaths and 4,690 recoveries. 

Asia follows with 2,710 cases, 21 deaths and 1,893 recoveries.

Europe, meanwhile, now has 1,809 Filipinos infected, 118 dead and 1,351 recovered, while the Americas have 787 cases, 194 fatalities and 526 recoveries. 

Globally, there are now 89.64 million individuals across 191 countries sick with the COVID-19, with deaths nearing two million at 1.92 million.

Nearly a year since the deadly virus reached various countries, the world now faces the threat of its new variant.

The Philippines has since imposed travel restrictions to countries with confirmed cases as it remains on the lookout once it reaches its shores.

America remains with the highest number of infections at 22.1 million, as well as deaths at over 372,000.

India (10.4 million), Brazil (8.07 million), Russia (3.3 million) and the United Kingdom (3.02) where the new variant was first detected, follow the US in the top 5 list of countries with most cases. 

Manila, with its total of 487,690 infections, put it at the 30th spot, after placing between 28th to 29th for a long time, next only to Israel's 487,034.

It continues to be the second highest in Southeast Asia, following Indonesia's more than 818,000 cases to date. — Christian Deiparine

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LATEST UPDATE: January 11, 2021 - 8:59pm

Follow this page for updates on a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck dozens of people in China.

January 11, 2021 - 8:59pm

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,934,693 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources at 1100 GMT on Monday.

More than 90,196,880 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 55,592,800 are now considered recovered.

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain. —  AFP

January 11, 2021 - 12:43pm

The remote Pacific nation of Micronesia recorded its first case of Covid-19 on Monday, ending its run as one of the few places on Earth without the coronavirus.

Micronesia President David Panuelo acknowledged the development was "alarming" for the country's 100,000 inhabitants but said the case had been contained at the border.

"For this reason, citizens across the nation should remain calm," he said in a televised address.

"Do not panic because the situation is contained."

Panuelo said the positive test came from a crewman on a government ship "Chief Mailo", which had been in the Philippines undergoing repairs.

He said the man and his colleagues remained on the vessel, which was anchored in a lagoon under round-the-clock surveillance. — AFP

January 11, 2021 - 8:49am

Australia's third-largest city lifted stay-at-home orders Monday, after mass testing and tracing across Brisbane found no new coronavirus cases despite fears over a contagious strain entering the community.

More than two million people were ordered into a snap lockdown Friday after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel contracted the UK variant of Covid-19 from a returned traveller.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the lockdown would be lifted at 6pm local time Monday after tens of thousands of tests detected zero cases of transmission.

She defended the measures as "definitely not an over-reaction".

"We wanted to make sure we acted quickly, we acted strongly, we acted decisively and that is exactly what we did," she said.

It will remain compulsory to wear masks indoors and on public transport until January 22, while restaurants and pubs will be subject to fresh restrictions on patron numbers.— AFP

January 10, 2021 - 3:53pm

The number of fatalities in Belgium from the new coronavirus crossed 20,000 on Sunday, health officials said, with more than half the dead from retirement care homes.

The country, with a population of 11.5 million, has recorded 662,694 cases and 20,038 deaths since the pandemic broke out, the Sciensano public health institute said. —  AFP

January 10, 2021 - 9:03am

Israel's health ministry said Saturday four people had tested positive for the novel coronavirus strain first detected in South Africa, with the new British variant already recorded.

The cases were discovered after testing of travellers arriving from South Africa.

The two new strains are more infectious than previous variants of the virus. —  AFP

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