OFW who died in Dubai negative for novel coronavirus

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) – The Filipino worker who died in Dubai City, United Arab Emirates tested negative for the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, the government-run media reported on Friday.

Pneumonia was cause of death of the 58-year-old OFW, Dubai media office said in Twitter post, allaying fears that she succumbed to an infection caused by a strain of coronavirus.

The clarification was made after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that a Filipina household service worker died from a strain of coronavirus in Dubai this month. It was not clear if it was the 2019-nCoV.

The fatality, identified as Amalia Daproza, was not a domestic helper. She was an office assistant at Neazoefzlle Co., the Labor Department said on Friday.

The Philippine labor department, meanwhile, said it is now working to repatriate the Filipina’s remains after cremation in Dubai.

The Labor Department on Friday issued an apology to the government of Dubai for the confusion that the announcement of its chief might have caused.

The United Arab Emirates has five confirmed 2019-nCoV cases, with no reported deaths as of Friday morning.