DFA confirms Filipino in UAE tested positive for novel coronavirus
Aileen Cerrudo • February 10, 2020 • 686
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that a Filipino in United Arab Emirates (UAE) tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
“As per report that came out today from the Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the concerned Filipino is under observation and is being given the necessary medical care in accordance with the highest standards in the UAE,” the DFA said in a statement.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced two new cases of nCoV in the country: one is a Chinese national while the other is a Filipino citizen.
There are now a total of seven confirmed cases of nCoV in the UAE.
Meanwhile, the DFA advises Filipinos in the UAE to take precautionary measures to prevent health risks due to nCoV.
“With this in mind, the embassy reminds all Filipinos in the UAE to always follow the hygiene protocols of the MoHAP and the World Health Organization (WHO),” the DFA said.
They also advised to always rely on UAE health authorities and not to post or share on social media and digital messaging any unverified information.—AAC
The DFA issued such warning after reports from passport applicants who booked their passport appointment with assistance from unknown individuals online ended up paying more than what the DFA collects for passport issuance.
Worse, these applicants were given tampered application forms and incorrect instructions such as advise to pursue their appointment at a schedule or consular office different from the actual appointment schedule and site.
Applicants who have made an appointment with a third party, and are doubtful of the authenticity of their application, may call the DFA’s appointment hotline at 8234 3488 to verify their appointments.
Applications that were made through a third party will be accepted for processing only after the appointment and the identity of the applicant has been verified, the agency said.
Also, processing will only be done at the Consular Office where the appointment was made.
The public is reminded that passport appointments can be booked directly through https://passport.gov.ph, and applicants are strongly advised to use their own email address and mobile number to ensure that they receive the correct information on their appointment schedule and receive the application packet to be presented during the appointment.
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