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UAE confirms new coronavirus case

A man wears a mask as he visits the UAE ministry stand during the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, saying doctors now were treating a family that had just come from a city at the epicenter of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

ABU DHABI, Feb 1: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Saturday a new infection case of the novel coronavirus. The patient, who has recently arrived from Wuhan city, central China, is in stable condition and under medical care, the ministry said in a statement carried by Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Since the outbreak of the disease in China, only five cases have so far been detected in the UAE, a fact that indicates the efficient system of surveillance in the country’s health sector, according to the statement.

The four cases detected earlier in a Chinese family were still under medical care; their condition is stable. The ministry is taking all necessary precautions in coordination with other relevant health authorities in the country in order to ensure the safety of the citizens and residents. It called on the public to rely on official sources for information and avoid giving heed to rumors. (KUNA)

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