In a statement released by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines, they clarified that the recent death of the Filipina maid in Dubai did not die due to the new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, as what was earlier reported.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III previously announced the false report based on an earlier report provided in his office. However, the Dubai Government conducted tests and confirmed that the cause of death of the Filipina was due to pneumonia, not the novel coronavirus. Please see the full statement below.
On the death of OFW Daproza in Dubai
The labor department today clarified that the death of OFW Amalia Collado Daproza in Al Zahra Hospital in the United Arab Emirates was not a case of nCoV as earlier reported.
Based on a belated report received by the office of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III from the Philippine Labor Office in Dubai, results of confirmatory tests conducted by the Pathology and Genetics Department of the Dubai Health Authority on Daproza’s specimen yielded negative of the novel corona virus.
The Labor Secretary on Thursday announced that the OFW had died of “corona virus” based on an earlier information provided his office. The secretary, however, did not say it was the novel corona virus.
Secretary Bello nonetheless wishes to apologize to the government of Dubai for the confusion and whatever anxiety that the announcement may have caused.