COVID-19 cases among OFWs dip

A lower incidence of COVID-19 infection was noted among Filipino workers in some major overseas labor destinations, the Department of Labor and Employment reported on Tuesday.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices’ monitoring of OFWs continues round the clock as part of the government’s heightened welfare and assistance program for migrant Filipino workers during the pandemic.

No new COVID-19 infection was noted among OFWs in KSA, UAE, Malaysia and other ASEAN neighbors Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan and Japan.

In Israel, a new case of COVID-19 infection was reported. This is, however, lower than the three cases reported on September 30.

“The OFW will be transferred to a quarantine hotel,” the POLO in Tel-Aviv reported yesterday.

Labor Attache Rudy Gabasan also said that a new batch of Filipinos (26 adults and 10 infants) were set for repatriation.

The homebound Pinoys qualified for the Voluntary Repatriation Program of Israel. In Qatar, six POLO-verified COVID-19 cases involving Filipinos were noted yesterday, bringing in the number of coronavirus infection among OFWs to 3,138.

This is however lower than the 20 new cases reported on September 30. Another good news was reported by the POLO in Germany, indicating that the 80 OFWs who were COVID-19 positive were already declared recovered.

In Belgium, the seven monitored cases were likewise confirmed to have recovered.

Meanwhile, of the 102 Filipinos monitored for COVID-19 infection in Spain, 85 have recovered, two were negative and six had died.

In France, of the 14 Filipinos monitored, 8 have recovered while 6 died from the coronavirus.

In Portugal, the five monitored OFWs all recovered from the infection.

Also on Monday, the POLO in Toronto, Canada reported that the 73 OFWs afflicted with COVID-19 have all recovered.