5 Filipinos in Saudi die due to COVID-19: envoy

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2020 12:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2020 02:17 PM

5 Filipinos in Saudi die due to COVID-19: envoy 1
An aerial view of deserted Grand Mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 24, 2020. Picture taken through a window. Yasser Bakhsh, Reuters

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.

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"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.