4 Filipinos in New York, New Jersey succumb to coronavirus
MANILA, Philippines — At least four Filipinos in New York and New Jersey have died due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Philippine Consulate General there said.
“Marami na rin po ang nag-positive dito po sa New York at New Jersey, apat na po iyong kababayan natin (ang) nasawi dahil sa COVID-19,” Philippine Consul General Claro Cristobal said in an interview on dzBB on Thursday.
“(Ang) ilang mga kababayan natin ang nasa ospital ngayon at nilalaban ang kanilang buhay,” he added.
Cristobal, said that there are around 143,000 Filipinos in New York and around 137,000 in New Jersey.
He said that New York was one of the first states to implement a stay-at-home order in a bid to contain the spread of the disease.
“Ibig sabihin, kung hindi essential yung paglabas-labas ng mga tao, ipinagbabawal yun,” he said.
Restaurants, department stores and other establishments that do not offer essential services have been temporarily closed, Cristobal added.
He said members of the Filipino community in New York and New Jersey have been following quarantine protocols set by local authorities.
“Ang kagandahan, nakikinig yung ating mga kabaayan at tayo po ay nagpapaalala sa kanilang lahat na patuloy na sumunod sa panuntunan ng siyudad,” Cristobal said.
He added that a field hospital has been set up at Central Park.
“Ang pinaiiral na panuntnan sa New York is kahit sino ka man, kahit meron kang papel dito o wala, kahit may pambayad ka o wala ay makakatanggap ka ng serbisyong medikal kung iyong kinakailangan,” he said.
“Ultimo dito sa Central Park na malapit sa opisina natin ay nagtayo na po ng tinatawag na field hospital at bukas na po yun so sa loob mismo ng pinaka malaking parke dito sa ay meron nang mga medical facilities na tatanggap ng ating pasyente, maging mga kababayan natin, kung kinakailangan,” Cristobal added.
As of Wednesday, 401 overseas Filipinos have contracted the disease, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Of the number, 270 are currently undergoing treatment while 118 have already recovered.
There are 13 deaths reported so far.
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