UAE Announces First Coronavirus Case

In yet another outbreak, the UAE announced its first coronavirus case on Wednesday. The case has been detected in a family from Wuhan. It is the first confirmed case in the Middle East.

“The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a case of the new coronavirus affecting people from one family coming from the city of Wuhan in China,” the state news agency WAM reported, without saying how many were infected.

“The health condition of those affected was stable and under medical monitoring,” it cited the ministry as saying.

With the outbreak, all Gulf airports are on high alert. This includes Dubai the world’s biggest aviation hubs. All the passengers arriving from China go through a screen.

From the time the disease has emerged in Wuhan last year, it has spread to more than 15 countries. This leads the death toll going up to 132 and 6,000 for those infected.

Also, all those confirmed fatalities are only in China. Further, across the Asia Pacific region and in North America and Europe cases have been confirmed.

As per Dubai’s government, around 989,000 Chinese tourists visited the country last year. Although the number expects to cross the one million in 2020.

The effect is on UAE’s top trading partner, China and Abu Dhabi being 15 top crude oil suppliers to Beijing. Also, many Chinese companies offices are in UAE.

The health ministry of UAE assured of taking “all the necessary precautions” approved by the World Health Organisation.

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



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