The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China.
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DUBAI – There are no reported cases of China’s novel coronavirus in the UAE, according to the country’s health authority.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said it is closely monitoring the situation and reassured that all precautionary measures have been taken to ensure that the outbreak does not pose any risk to the UAE public health.
The new virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. Authorities have shut down a seafood market in Wuhan as part of investigations.
The virus has reportedly spread in at least three countries. In China alone, there were 217 confirmed cases as of Monday (January 20).
It was not immediately clear what was behind the outbreak. Coronaviruses cause diseases ranging from the common cold to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that it’s “extremely crucial” to combat the new coronavirus.
“The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan and other places must be taken seriously,” Xi said, according to CCTV. “Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people’s lives and health first.”
Health authorities in Wuhan said an additional 136 cases have been confirmed in the city, with 198 infected patients and three deaths.
Authorities in Thailand and in Japan have already identified at least three cases, all involving recent travel from China.
South Korea reported its first case on Monday, when a 35-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan tested positive for the new coronavirus a day after arriving at Seoul’s Incheon airport. The woman has been isolated at a state-run hospital.
At least six Asian countries and three US airports have started screening airline passengers from China. ICA/Expat Media
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