More than 1,000 Overseas Filipino Workers from different countries returned to the Philippines and tested positive of the COVID-19, as reported by the Department of Health.
According to the data revealed by the Department of Health, 1,028 out of the 50,175 returning OFWs tested positive of COVID-19 as of June 2. 480 of them were also admitted to the hospital. There are also 125 who recovered from the disease but some succumb to the disease.
Moreover, asymptomatic persons who were left exposed to COVID-19 positive patients were tested, says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
“Our expanded testing protocol includes those asymptomatic with exposure. The protocol also states that once we already have laboratory capacity, we may include asymptomatic even without exposure in our target testing,” says Vergeire.
Currently, there are already more than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. Most fresh cases were from the National Capital Region as well as from Central Visayas.
Amidst the fight against COVID-19, health workers are the ones who are greatly exposed to the disease. The government reports that families of health workers who will succumb to COVID-19 will be granted P1 million.