Coronavirus Emergency: UAE Health Ministry Confirms Two New Cases

Coronavirus Emergency: UAE Health Ministry Confirms Two New Cases

Two new cases of the deadly coronavirus have been confirmed in the UAE, bringing the total number of patients to seven. Learn more below.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has confirmed two new cases of the deadly coronavirus which has infected thousands of people in China and worldwide. This brings the total number of patients in the UAE to seven. The patients were diagnosed after the regular periodic screening, taking place as per the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, based on the symptoms of the virus. In a statement, the health ministry said the two new patients, Chinese and Filipino nationals, who have been infected, are receiving the required medical treatment, which meets the highest health standards.

The ministry said all health facilities will continue to report any new cases of the virus and that it is working with the relevant authorities to take all preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus.
In China, the death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to more than 700. A highly anticipated report by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was published recently offering insights into the disease. Based on a study of 138 patients who were hospitalised at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, the report revealed how the risk of contracting the disease increases with age and for patients with existing health conditions. Of the patients studied, 99 percent had a fever, 70 percent experienced fatigue, 59 percent had a dry cough, 39 percent experienced loss of appetite, 34 percent experienced body aches while 10 percent had diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness.

Coronavirus, which causes respiratory infection, spreads through direct and indirect contact, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and can stay undetected for some time as symptoms take time to appear and are similar to the common cold and flu symptoms. The report said, "One reason for the rapid spread may be related to the atypical symptoms in the early state in some patients."

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.