21 Filipinos in UAE have died due to COVID-19: envoy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2020 06:08 PM

MANILA - A total of 21 Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates have succumbed to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana said Wednesday.

Seventeen of the fatalities are from Dubai and 4 are from Abu Dhabi, said Quintana.

"I regret to inform that about 17 sa Dubai at apat po sa Abu Dhabi po iyon po ang aming information at the moment," she said in a virtual press briefing.

The diplomat also appealed to Filipinos in the UAE to observe COVID-19 precautionary measures as she assured them of the Philippine government's assistance.

"Ako po ay nag-aapela na patuloy na mag-ingat, siguro dapat eh lalo pa nating pagbutihin ang ating pag-obserba ng mga sinabi sa ating guidelines dito para tayo ay hindi magkasakit. At makakaasa kayo na lagi naman tayong tutulong kung anuman ang pangangailangan," she said.

(I am appealing to everyone to be careful and follow the guidelines to avoid being sick. You can expect that we are always ready to help you with your needs.)

Worldwide, there are 1,867 Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 as of Tuesday according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. This includes 214 deaths, and 513 recoveries.