The ambassador of Philippines to Lebanon died of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, an official statement confirmed.
"With deep sadness, the Department of Foreign Affairs announces the untimely demise on 2 April 2020, of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, from complications arising from COVID-19," the Philippine’s Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Catalla, 62, who suffered from chronic respiratory problems, passed away at a hospital in Beirut where she was receiving treatment.
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