One more Keralite dies of COVID-19 in Middle East, toll crosses 100
Thiruvananthapuram/Dubai: One more Keralite died in the Gulf region due to COVID-19.
The victim, Jameesh (25), is a native of Mannarkkad in Palakkad district. He was undergoing treatment in Umm Al Quwain. He is also the youngest Keralite to have died of coronavirus in the Gulf region. With this the total number of Keralites who passed away in Gulf countries have crossed 100.
UAE has the highest death toll of 62, followed by Kuwait-18, Saudi Arabia-17, Oman-2 and Qatar-1.
According to studies, there are an estimated 2.5 million Keralaites in the Middle East. The dead were not brought back, but buried in foreign lands, as according to protocol.
Ever since the Kerala government opened a web portal for all those who wished to return, close to four lakh people, a huge majority from across the Middle East, have registered.
"It's really sad to hear the grieving of people whose near and dear passed away due to COVID-19 in these countries, but are not able to bring their bodies for the last rites to their home town. All we can wish and hope at the moment is things clear up fast and normalcy returns," said a leading politician, who did not wish to be identified.
(With IANS inputs)