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UAE Reports Middle East’s First Cases Of Coronavirus

A Tourist carrying a surgical masks is pictured subsequent to Burj in Dubai on January 29 2020. The United Arab Emirates introduced the primary confirmed instances of the brand new coronavirus within the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese household from Wuhan discovered to be contaminated.
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The United Arab Emirates stated Wednesday {that a} Chinese household of 4 who arrived from Wuhan have been contaminated with the brand new coronavirus, within the first confirmed instances within the Middle East.

The well being ministry stated that the situation of the household from Wuhan — the quarantined Chinese metropolis on the epicentre of the well being disaster — was secure and that they have been “under medical monitoring”.

The World Health Organization confirmed the infections, saying the household arrived within the Emirates earlier this month.

They “were hospitalised on 25 and 27 January after testing positive for coronavirus,” it stated in a press release, including that two of the sufferers by no means confirmed any signs.

“Due to the global nature of travel”, it’s anticipated that extra instances will seem in different nations, it stated.

The WHO’s regional director, Ahmed al-Mandhari, urged “individuals to stay calm and take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe”.

Gulf airports, together with Dubai which is likely one of the world’s greatest aviation hubs, stated final week they’d display all passengers arriving from China amid the outbreak of the lethal virus.

The illness has unfold to greater than 15 nations because it emerged out of Wuhan late final yr, with the loss of life toll hovering to 132 and confirmed infections nearing 6,000.

All confirmed fatalities have to date been in China. Cases have been reported throughout the Asia Pacific area and in North America and Europe, however the contaminated household within the UAE is the primary within the Middle East.

Dubai’s authorities stated Thursday that some 989,000 Chinese vacationers visited the glitzy emirate final yr — a quantity anticipated to cross the a million mark in 2020.

 

Temperature scanners are used to display passengers for fever with upon their arrival at Kuwait worldwide airport in Kuwait City on January 29, 2020. The illness has unfold to greater than 15 nations because it emerged out of Wuhan late final yr, with the loss of life toll hovering to 132 and confirmed infections nearing 6,000. All confirmed fatalities have to date been in China. Cases have been reported throughout the Asia Pacific area and in North America and Europe, however the Wuhan household within the UAE is the primary within the Middle East.

 

About 3.6 million Chinese transited by the emirate’s important airport in 2019.

Dubai International Airport in 2018 served over 89 million passengers, together with extra international passengers than some other airport worldwide for the fifth yr in a row.

The UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport, one other main hub, has additionally begun screening passengers arriving from China.

Between them, the 2 Emirati hubs function dozens of flights per week serving Chinese cities.

China is the UAE’s high buying and selling associate and Abu Dhabi is among the many 15 high crude oil suppliers to Beijing. Several hundred Chinese corporations have places of work within the UAE.

The coronavirus has brought about alarm due to its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed almost 650 individuals throughout mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

Like SARS, it may be handed amongst people by way of the respiratory tract.

The UAE well being ministry stated it has taken “all the necessary precautions” in keeping with requirements accredited by the World Health Organization.

It stated that the nation’s well being system “works very efficiently and that the ministry is closely following the situation in a way that guarantees the health and safety of everyone.”

AFP

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