Two more Filipino workers die of MERS in Saudi Arabia, Western scientists criticize Saudi over lack of cooperation

Saudi hospital

MANILA, Philippines — Two more Filipino workers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia have died from the Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

According to DFA Spokesman Charles Jose, the first of the new fatalities was reported on May 12 and the other May 18.

This brings the total number of Filipinos who have died from MERS-CoV to five.

Jose did not reveal the gender or the work of the latest victims.

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