A government-run media in the United Arab Emirates clarified that the Pinay household worker in Dubai did not die of coronavirus.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III had earlier reported that the Filipina died of an unknown strain of coronavirus.
Dubai Media Office said, “@DXBMediaOffice denies false statements attributed to the Philippine Labour Secretary regarding a Filipina dying in Dubai due to the coronavirus.”
Filipina in Dubai died of pneumonia, not coronavirus
The Dubai Media Office also clarified, “The cause of death was pneumonia, and the woman had tested negative for novel coronavirus.”
The 58-year-old Pinay household worker is said to be from General Santos City and has been working for 28 years in the Middle East.
The son of the victim will travel to Dubai to bring the remains of her mother home.
The UAE is one of the countries with confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV ARD and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), both of which are deadly and widely spread in various countries.
Gulf News has reported that there have been no deaths due to 2019-nCoV ARD recorded in their country.
The first patient who died due to nCoV outside China was from the Philippines. The second one is from Hong Kong.
As of today, the new coronavirus strain already killed 638 and infected 31, 481.