Death of Dubai-based Filipina not nCoV-related, UAE says

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied a positive coronavirus test for a female Filipino household worker who died in Dubai recently.

On Thursday, officials from the Ministry of Health and Prevention told the Gulf News newspaper that “the UAE has not reported any deaths from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and all cases registered in the country have been officially announced.”

“The Dubai Government media office denies the validity of statements by the Philippine Minister of Labour regarding the death of a Filipino woman in Dubai due to novel coronavirus. The deceased was suffering from a respiratory infection and laboratory tests showed she did not have the virus,” the report said.

UAE referred to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III who said that a previous report on the still-unidentified Filipino overseas worker (OFW) did not show coronavirus as a cause of death, but medical reports reported coronavirus one day later.

“Initially, sabi hindi coronavirus – that was a February 1 report.  Pero February 2, coronavirus na, and I met the daughter kanina, and they’re going there to see (her),” he said in an ambush interview. “Pagka-coronavirus, i-cremate agad.”

(Initially, they said it’s not coronavirus – that was February 1 report. But on February 2, they said it was coronavirus, and I met the daughter a while ago, and they’re going to see her. If it is coronavirus, she will be cremated immediately.)

It has contacted the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN special agency has also denied Bello’s statement, according to Gulf News.

WHO told the Gulf News that the organization had made the necessary contacts with the party concerned, stating that the case was not a 2019-nCoV nor a MERS-CoV. Pneumonia is the cause of death of the Filipina.

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