Two Filipino workers based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, died from Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) this month, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.
DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the first death was reported on May 12 and the other on May 18, bringing to five the total number of Filipinos who have died from MERS-CoV. Jose did not disclose the nature of their work and their gender.
“Our consulate is rendering assistance to their next of kin and their families have already been notified,” he told reporters.
Philippine officials in Saudi Arabia are facilitating the release of the workers’ benefits from their employers and the immediate repatriation of their remains to the country.
The first three Filipinos who died from MERS all worked in hospitals. There is no travel ban issued by the Philippines to Saudi Arabia.
The government, however, called on Filipinos traveling to and residing in the Kingdom to exercise extreme caution and follow the health advisory of Saudi Arabian authorities.