OFW Filipino Family in Saudi Arabia Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Filipino family of six in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia tested positive for COVID-19.

In a report by Lei Alviz for GMA-7's prime-time newscast 24 Oras on Sunday, June 7, 2020, an OFW named "Sonia" (not her real name) confirmed that her husband, who showed serious symptoms of the disease, is currently receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Jeddah.

The rest of the family is in isolation.

Sonia is employed as a secretary, while her husband is working as a porter. Both of them are employees of the same medical facility. 

Sonia said her husband started showing symptoms of COVID-19 on May 22, 2020.

She recalled, "May 25, nagpunta na siya ng ER at kinunan na siya kaagad ng subtesting. Noong 27, Wednesday, doon lumabas yung result na positive siya. In-isolate siya kaagad sa ospital kasi malala yung symptoms niyaubo, at lagnat."

Sonia added that she and her children—ages 8, 7, 5, and 1— are all asymptomatic. They have been placed in isolation at a hotel designated for people infected with the novel coronavirus. 

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Meanwhile, the Philippine government has made an appeal to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  to repatriate the remains of those who passed away due to COVID-19.

Eight of the 113 Filipinos who tested positive for COVID-19 in the western region of Saudi Arabia have expired, according to the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah. Meanwhile, 96 Filipinos have recovered.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said, "Sinagot natin ang Ministry of Foreign Affairs na ang ating tradisyon kung non-Muslim, yung namatay, kailangan maiuwi yung bangkay.

"So ang pinakiusap natin sa Saudi government ay i-hold yung bangkay hangga't mag-normalize ang international flights.

"At kapag mag-normalize na, ang hinihiling natin ay i-ship yung mga bangkay sa Pilipinas. Mukhang pumayag naman ang Saudi Arabia."

The consul general also urged Filipinos who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 to call 937, the  hotline number of Saudi's Ministry of Health, or go to the nearest hospital.

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