TWO MORE Filipinos abroad have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Sunday.
This brings the number of overseas Filipinos afflicted with COVID-19 to 123 from 121 as of March 21, based on Department of Health (DoH) data.
One of the new patients is currently confined in a health facility in Brunei Darussalam. The patient is in a stable condition, according to the Ministry of Health.
The other is in India and currently confined in a hospital in Mumbai. The Filipino arrived in India early March and brought to the hospital after experiencing difficulties in breathing.
“The Philippine Embassies in Brunei Darussalam and in India are in close coordination with the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam and the Philippine Consulate General in Mumbai, respectively,” the DFA said in a statement.
In a separate development, DFA Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. said on Sunday that he alerted the Inter-Agency Task Force on a donation for 50,000 rapid test kits.
“My friend wants to donate 50,000 COVID-19 leg/lgM Rapid Test. It’s produced by Healgen, manufactured by Zhejiang Orient Gene Biotech Co. Ltd,” Mr. Locsin said in a social media post Sunday.
“He has certificate of export of medical product. I said ‘hold it.’ Will ask China Embassy if this is registered in China FDA (Food and Drug Administration).”
He also said that the test kits will be released once accredited by the DoH and if the kits are provided to “private hospitals at the frontlines.” — Charmaine A. Tadalan