MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported that a total of 86 Filipinos working abroad have so far tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, the DOH said that 80 of this number were from the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined for 14 days off Yokohama in Japan. Around 64 are still admitted to hospitals in Japan while 16 have been discharged after recovering from the disease.
Six Filipinos in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates were also reported to have contracted coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier reported that COVID-19 has spread in 60 countries including China, but has observed a decline in the number of additional cases globally.
The WHO, however, raised its global risk assessment of COVID-19 to the highest level after the virus spread to different countries.
As of Monday, March 2, more than 2,900 people were killed due to coronavirus and over 87,100 were infected worldwide.
The majority of the cases were reported in China.
The Philippines has confirmed three infection cases, including one death.