79 Filipinos in the UAE died due to Covid-19 complications, official revealed

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A total of 79 Filipinos in the UAE have died due to Covid-19 complications, a top official from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai revealed. 

Labor Attache Felicitas Bay said in a virtual press briefing held by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), these Filipinos have contracted the virus and died due to various complications. 

Meanwhile, she also revealed that 579 Filipinos have been infected with the disease. 

“Number of Filipinos affected by the infection is 579. Of that 579, nasa 79 po ay namatay at iyan ay base sa civil registry ng ating Philippine consulate,” she said. 

The number of Filipinos who have been infected with Covid-19 and were given cash assistance through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is 133. The Philippine government’s arm in Dubai gave them AED730. 

Meanwhile, around 375 Filipinos who were infected with Covid-19 have been given the same cash assistance under the DOLE-AKAP program. 

“They survived the illness at nabigyan ng ating financial assistance through our financial assistance program. Maayos naman ang kalagayan namin dito. Ang ating mga kababayan, unti unti nang bumabalik sa kanilang trabaho,” Bay added. 

UAE is home to an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Filipinos. 

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