The number of Filipino workers in Kuwait passing away due to COVID-19 is soaring high.
According to Philippine Charge d’ Affaires CharlesonHermosura, there are already 31 Filipinos, including 4 frontliners who passed away in Kuwait amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hermosura said during a public briefing that reports are confirming that 300 OFWs in the Gulf State have tested positive of COVID-19 and 260 of them already recovered.
“Nakakalungkot lamang po ay may tatlumpu’tisang namatay including apat na healthcare workers na Filipino dito po sa Kuwait,” says Hermosura.
The John Hopkins University in the USA recorded a total of 56,877 cases in Kuwait, 399 expired and 46,897 recovered. Hermosura said that the country is “straightforward” when it comes to dealing with the bodies of COVID-19 positive. They were buried in cemeteries following the religious traditions of the person.
Additionally, there are also 23,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs in Kuwait or under the “no work, no pay scheme” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 5,000 of them received cash assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment under the OFW AKAP program.
Hermosura asked the OFWs in Kuwait to keep updated on their Facebook page to now the latest updates regarding the services offered at the consular office.
Source Global Nation