- The United Arab Emirates debunked reports about a female Filipino household worker's death allegedly due to novel coronavirus
- The officials of the Ministry of Health and Prevention said that there are no recorded deaths on all cases registered in the country
- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said that the Filipina domestic worker in Dubai passed away on February 2 due to coronavirus
- According to a statement of the World Health Organization as reported by a UAE news website, the cause of death of the domestic helper is Pneumonia
The United Arab Emirates denied a recent report about nCoV being the cause of the death of a Filipino woman domestic helper in Dubai.
According to a report by a UAE news website called The Gulf, "UAE has not recorded any deaths from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and all cases registered in the country have been officially announced."
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III released a statement regarding the OFW's death. He earlier said at a media briefing in Manila that a previous report on the still-unidentified overseas Filipino worker (OFW) did not show coronavirus as a cause of death but medical reports cited coronavirus a day later.
Gulf News also claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) denied Bello’s statement.
"We made the necessary contacts with the concerned party who confirmed that the case is not a 2019-nCoV nor a MERS-CoV. The cause of death is Pneumonia."
The first case of coronavirus in the Philippines was observed in a 38-year-old Chinese national who was brought to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Wuhan coronavirus) has spread to 28 different countries and territories worldwide, with 28,379 confirmed cases and 566 deaths as of this writing according to www.worldometers.info/coronavirus.
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