Bello: Pinay dies of undetermined coronavirus strain in Dubai


Posted at Feb 06 2020 04:53 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2020 04:43 AM

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - A Filipina domestic worker died of a still undetermined strain of the coronavirus in Dubai, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thursday.

Bello said the death of the 58-year-old woman was reported by the Philippine labor attaché in Dubai, adding that it was unclear what kind of coronavirus had infected her.

The woman, a native of General Santos City, had been working in Dubai for 28 years, he said.

Her family hails from Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur but currently resides in General Santos City. They have been informed of her death.

Bello said arrangements were being made for the woman's daughter to come to Dubai for her repatriation.

A report from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health showed that the woman died on Feb. 5 at a Dubai hospital.

However, her "underlying cause of death" was listed as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, while her "immediate cause of death" was listed as septic shock, multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest.

In a pathological report released on Feb. 5, the woman tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

In a social media post, the Dubai government's media office denied reports the woman died due to nCoV. According to the media office, the woman was suffering from respiratory infection and that laboratory tests showed she "did not have the virus."

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

A new strain, the 2019 novel coronavirus, has been spreading over recent weeks from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, to other parts of the world, triggering global travel restrictions.