MANILA- Five Filipinos in Saudi Arabia have died due to the new coronavirus disease, Philippine Ambassador Adnan Alonto said Monday.
The 5 are among the 119 Filipinos in the Middle East kingdom that have contracted the respiratory disease, Alonto said.
Over half a million Filipinos are working in Saudi Arabia, according to a 2018 survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority.
"Tayo'y mapalad naman dahil ang gobyerno ng Saudi Arabia ay nagpatupad ng free treatment. Ang hospitalization for COVID-related cases are free whether they are in the public or private hospitals po," he said.
(We are lucky because the government of Saudi Arabia is implementing free treatment. Hospitalization for COVID-related cases are free whether they are in the public or private hospitals.)
As of Sunday, there are 1,337 Filipinos worldwide infected with COVID-19 according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Of the said cases, 825 are under treatment while 328 others recovered or were discharged from hospital and 184 died.