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Philippine authorities are trying to get confirmation on the cause of death of a 58-year-old Filipina household worker who passed away in Dubai.

A staff from the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in an interview with Dubai-based Gulf News, confirmed that the overseas Filipino worker, a single mother, passed away on 2 February with pneumonia as the underlying cause of death.

Initial reports said the woman died of “coronavirus,” which DOLE is still confirming.

At a media briefing in Manila, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III did not identify the deceased. He has, however, met with victim’s daughter and sister on Thursday and assured the family that officials are working for the immediate repatriation of the remains after the body’s cremation in Dubai.

Hans Cacdac, administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, presented the death certificate, which he got from the OFW’s employer, to Bello.

A staff at DOLE confirmed to Gulf News on Thursday that the victim tested negative for Novel coronavirus on 1 February.

A comment from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health was not immediately available.

Meawnhile, the Chinese family of four been diagnosed with coronavirus in the UAE will be discharged from a hospital in 14 days.

Dr. Hussein Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Centres and Clinics, said “the condition of the family is good.”

“They are stable. They are receiving all necessary medical care and will be discharged in 14 days’ time,” Al Rand said.  (Gulf News)

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