By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Secretary Silvestre Bello made the claims on Thursday following the death of the 58-year old woman in Dubai on February 2
Philippines’ Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III has apologised for wrongly stating that a Filipino domestic worker in Dubai had died as a result of coronavirus.
Bello made the claims on Thursday following the death of the 58-year old woman in Dubai on February 2.
According to a report in Gulf News, a senior official at the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention immediately denied the claims, adding that all coronavirus-positive cases in the UAE remain in stable condition.
The woman’s cause of death, according to the World Health Organisation and local authorities, was pneumonia, rather than any form of coronavirus.
“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,” a statement from the Dubai Media Office said.
“The deceased was suffering from a respiratory infection and laboratory tests showed she did not have the virus,” it added.
A statement released on Bello’s behalf by the Philippines’ Labour Department said that “Secretary Bello nonetheless wishes to apologise to the government of Dubai for the confusion and whatever anxiety that the announcement may have caused.”