Sec Bello apologizes to Dubai after saying OFW died there due to coronavirus


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III apologized to Dubai officials after telling reporters on Thursday that the Pinay who died there was due to coronavirus.

In a report on Friday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) clarified that OFW Amalia Collado Daprozait died not because of coronavirus.

“Based on a belated report received by the office of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III from the Philippine Labor Office in Dubai, results of confirmatory tests conducted by the Pathology and Genetics Department of the Dubai Health Authority on Daproza’s specimen yielded negative of the novel coronavirus,” DOLE said in a statement.

“Secretary Bello nonetheless wishes to apologize to the government of Dubai for the confusion and whatever anxiety that the announcement may have caused,” it added.

On Thursday, Bello announced that an OFW died in Dubai due to “coronavirus” based on preliminary information his office received.

The Dubai Government Media Office, however, announced on Thursday afternoon that the examination conducted to the deceased OFW showed that she did not contain the virus.

“The Dubai government media office denied the validity of the statements by the Philippine minister of labor regarding the death of a Filipino woman in Dubai due to the new coronavirus,” the post reads.

“The deceased was suffering from respiratory infection and laboratory tests showed she did not have the virus,” it added.

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