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55 Filipinos in Malaysia test positive for coronavirus — envoy

/ 01:52 PM April 03, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose reported Friday that 55 Filipinos in the Southeast Asian country have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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According to Jose, all but one of the COVID-19 infected Filipinos arrived from the Philippines to attend a Muslim convention in Selangor.

Of the 55 Filipinos, nine have already been discharged, while the remaining 46 are still undergoing treatment.

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“Minomonitor po ng embassy ang kanilang status and safety on a daily basis. Sila po ay nakaconfine sa mga hospitals at doon sila nagpapagaling,” Jose said in a virtual “Laging Handa Press Briefing” aired over state-run PTV.

To date, Malaysia has the highest number of COVID-19 infection in Southeast Asia, based on the collation of the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center, with reported 3,116 COVID-19 cases, 50 of whom have died while 767 have recovered.

Image from the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked second in terms of COVID-19 infections in the region with 2,633 confirmed cases. Of the number, 107 have died while 51 recovered.

Worldwide, the disease, which originated from Hubei, China, has infected over 1 million people in more than 180 countries and territories with the global death toll standing at 53,146 although 211,615 were able to recover.

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