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

dole 2 - Lower COVID-19 incidence among OFWs noted in major labor destinations — DOLE

The labor department said no new COVID-19 infection was noted among OFWs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Taiwan and Japan.

Although a new case of COVID-19 infection was reported in Israel, DoLE said, this is lower than the three cases reported on September 30.

In Qatar, six COVID-19 cases involving Filipinos were also noted bringing in the number of coronavirus infection among OFWs to 3,138. 

Still, the labor department said, this is lower than the 20 new cases reported on September 30.

The DoLE said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Germany also reported that the 80 OFWs who were COVID-19 positive were already declared recovered.

The seven monitored cases in Belgium were likewise confirmed to have recovered.

In Spain, of the 102 Filipinos monitored for COVID-19 infection 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.

The five monitored OFWs in Portugal also all recovered from the infection.

The POLO in Toronto, Canada also reported that the 73 OFWs afflicted with COVID-19 have all recovered.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the POLOs’ 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.

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