48 of 220 COVID deaths in UAE are Filipinos

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates:  Forty-three Filipinos in Dubai and the northern emirates have died of COVID-19, while five more have been reported dead in Abu Dhabi, bringing the total at 48 – or 22% – of the 220 coronavirus-related deaths announced by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) on Sunday, May 17.

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes said the count on the number of Filipinos who have succumbed to the virus started during last month’s sterilization drive.

There were 23 Filipinos who have succumbed to COVID-19 just 10 days ago,   Cortes had said in an previous interview.

Filipinos on an evening stroll in Muraqqabat

“Yung 43 (total) ay since the beginning of the COVID lockdown ‘yan,” Cortes said.

The latest Filipino to have died was a high school official. Further details were not available pending notification of the deceased’s immediate relatives.

There are approximately 750,000 documented overseas Filipino workers in the UAE of which some 500,000 are Dubai-based, officials said.

Be careful

This at hand, Cortes reminded Filipinos that the “virus threat still remains” even with the easing of restrictions. The UAE government started to allow movement of people on April 24.  The 24-hour “sterilization” drive started on April 4.

“Keep taking the necessary precautions. The restrictions on the movement of people may have been eased but the virus threat still remains and thus, we would still encourage people to be more cautious and perhaps continue staying home instead,” Cortes said.

Queuing for grocery while observing social distancing.

He added: “Heed the advice of health authorities — wear masks, gloves, wash your hands frequently, among others.”

Three nurses, two engineers and a community volunteer have been among COVID fatalities.

Marlon Jimenea and family (Contributed photo)

The nurses were Marlon Jimenea, who died in Sharjah on April 26; Janette Daywan Alano, who died in Abu Dhabi on May 10, Mothers’ Day; and Lezly Ocampo Concepcion, who passed away also in Abu Dhabi on May 12, International Nurses’ Day.

Janette Daywan Alano with her daughters. (Contributed photo)
Lezly Ocampo Concepcion (Contributed photo)

Melchor Corpus Mandac, a community volunteer died in Dubai also on May 12, while Engr. Mario Vilela Mercado succumbed to the virus likewise in Dubai on  April 27.

Melchor Corpus Mandac (Contributed photo)
Engr. Mario Vilela Mercado (seated, right)

In Abu Dhabi, Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana had reported to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in a May 6 interview that four Filipinos have died in the UAE’s capital city.

According to MoHAP, cases of COVID in the UAE have reached 23,358; total number of recoveries was 8,512. The ministry said there has been six COVID-related deaths for a total of 220 also as of Sunday, May 17.

Dubai Union Metro Station (Jojo Dass)

7 thoughts on “48 of 220 COVID deaths in UAE are Filipinos

  1. Bilang isang pinoy nais ko lng magbahagi ng kunting kaalaman. Isa rin po akong covid patient dito sa Dubai and I also have symptoms sa 1st 4 days ko. Thankful ako dahil nalabanan ko po un by drinking nilagang luya na may lemon at asin. Very effective po cya then nag init rin ako ng tubig na may asin tsaka nagtalukbong ng kumot for about 30 mins. Para lumabas talaga ung pawis. Maybe marami sa inyo ang d parin naniniwala dyan pero para sa akin lng epektibo po cya dahil nawala po ung mga symptoms ko. B4 po kayo mag pa isolate gawin nyo po yan kasi kapag nasa isolation facility na kayo d nyo na yan magagawa.. oo mahirap mawala tong virus pero maiiwasan din nating kumalat yan sa ating katawan sa pag gawa ng mga nasambit ko.. ngaun d2 na ako sa isolation still positive pero atleast wala ng symptoms❤❤❤ sana po makatulong.

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  2. Twice na po akong na undergone sa COVID testing at sa awa ng Diyos negative po ang result ng mga test ko. However, ang isa sa mga kasamahan ko sa flat recently tested and found out POSITIVE. A day after na nalaman naming positive xa… Nagkaroon ako ng symtoms exactly kung anong meron xa bago xa nagpa test. Yesterday May 18, 2020 nagpatest ako and waiting for my result after 5days. Like others do, lukewarm water with ginger and lemon with salt, tpos body steaming after taking a bath in the morning at bago matulog. gargle ng hot water in the morning with salt. Eto medyo masama parin ang templa ng ktawan ko. Hoping and Praying na sana trangkaso lng eto at di positivo sa COVID. PLEASE INCLUDE ME IN YOUR PRAYERS. salamat po.

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