The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday the total number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections among overseas Filipinos has reached 8,417 with 56 new cases recorded mostly in the Middle East and Africa.

Most of the active cases are concentrated in the same region at 2,114, followed by Europe with 456, the Americas with 148, and the Asia Pacific with 82.

As of this posting, 5,081 have so far recovered from the overall tally – 511 in the Asia Pacific, 420 in Europe, 3,777 in the Middle East/Africa, and 373 in the Americas.

The DFA also reported that 23 more Filipinos succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 536.

“Given these developments, the DFA assures its steadfast commitment to monitoring the status of our people abroad and effectively facilitating and coordinating the safe repatriation of our nationals affected by this pandemic,” it said. (PNA)

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