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

January 12, 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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January 12, 2021 - 7:01pm

A team of WHO experts will land directly in Wuhan on Thursday, China's foreign ministry says Tuesday, starting their long-delayed probe into COVID-19 at the virus epicentre.

The ten scientists will investigate the origins of the new virus in a politically fraught mission that comes more than a year after the pandemic began and after accusations Beijing has tried to thwart the project.

The World Health Organization team will leave from Singapore and fly straight to Wuhan, the central city where the first cluster of cases was detected in December 2019. —  AFP

January 12, 2021 - 3:25pm

Japan is working to isolate and analyse a new variant of the coronavirus detected in four people who arrived from Brazil, a health ministry official says Tuesday.

Japan announced the detection of the new variant on Sunday, but officials have been at pains to emphasise there is no evidence yet that it is any more transmissible or dangerous than others.

"In order to further analyse the variant, we need to isolate it first," a health ministry official tells AFP. — AFP

January 12, 2021 - 12:54pm

Malaysia's king declares a nationwide state of emergency to fight a coronavirus surge that is overwhelming hospitals, but critics charged it was a bid by an unstable government to cling to power.

The announcement came a day after the prime minister introduced sweeping new curbs across much of the Southeast Asian nation, including the closure of most businesses, and warned the health system was "at breaking point". — AFP

January 12, 2021 - 8:04am

Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has tested positive for coronavirus and cancelled all public engagements, his office announces just two weeks before a presidential election he is expected to win.

The 72-year-old head of state was "asymptomatic" and isolating in the presidential palace in Lisbon, his office says in a statement. — AFP

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

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