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Filipino afflicted with COVID-19 recovers; 4 more under treatment – PH Embassy in UAE

DUBAI: A Filipino, who was among COVID-19 patients under intensive care of the UAE government, has fully recovered as four more continuously undergo treatment, the Philippine Embassy confirmed.

The embassy said it has been informed by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) that the Filipino patient has already tested negative for COVID-19.

MoHAP has recorded 98 coronavirus cases since late January when the first batch of a family of four from China were confirmed to be infected. Of this number, 26 have recuperated, including the Filipino.

The embassy said it has received assurances from UAE authorities that the patients meantime were “receiving necessary treatment according to the highest medical standards.”

“Per coordination of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi with UAE authorities and according to the latest MoHAP announcement dated March 15, 2020, there is one Filipino among the 12 new cases of COVID19 in the UAE, bringing the total to five Filipinos in the UAE with COVID19.

“UAE authorities have assured that the Filipino COVID19 patients are being monitored and are receiving necessary treatment according to highest medical standards. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also informed…that one (1) Filipino patient has already tested negative for COVID19,” the embassy said.

Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. – The United Arab Emirates announced the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese family from Wuhan found to be infected. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

With this development, the embassy called on all Filipinos in the UAE to “pray for the full recovery of our kababayans from COVID19.”

The first Filipino confirmed to be afflicted with coronavirus was announced by MoHAP on Feb. 8. The second was reported by the same government agency on Feb. 21. The third and fourth were announced on March 12. The fifth was announced on March 15.

It was not immediately confirmed which among them has recuperated.

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