UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention Confirms Fifth Case of Coronavirus
UAE health authorities are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The ministry has urged UAE residents to rely on official sources for information.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention in the UAE has confirmed the fifth case of coronavirus in the country. The male patient arrived form the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus originated in December 2019 and has impacted thousands of people since then. The ministry said the new patient is stable and receiving treatment, and there is no cause for concern as the number of people affected in the UAE is very low. Previously, a family of four was diagnosed with the infection and is still receiving care. The ministry said the health authorities are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the outbreak of the virus in the country and that people should rely on official sources for updates.
The new coronavirus has so far affected more than 10,000 people in over 20 countries. Around 213 people in China have died from the virus, which causes severe respiratory illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the epidemic an international public health emergency. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries."
The WHO has advised all countries to be “prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of 2019-nCoVinfection, and to share full data with WHO.” Chargé d'affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Lin Yaduo, has said in a statement that China is confident about winning the war against coronavirus. He said, “Although the situation is still serious, we need to be aware that its fatality rate is lower than MERS [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome], SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] or even influenza. With the positive impacts of China’s measures rolling in, many experts predict a turning point may come soon."