Patient cured of coronavirus in the UAE, but new cases emerge

The Health Ministry confirmed that it has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that highly efficient preventive measures are in place.
Tuesday 11/02/2020
A traveller wears a mask as he pushes a cart with luggage at the Dubai International Airport. (Reuters)
A traveller wears a mask as he pushes a cart with luggage at the Dubai International Airport. (Reuters)

LONDON - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed a new case of coronavirus, bringing the total to eight in the country and in the entire Middle East region.

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention announced the eighth confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the UAE, which is an Indian national who had interacted with a "recently diagnosed person," according to the official WAM news agency. 

"All reported cases are in stable conditions, except for one case, who is being put under close observation by a team of senior consultants at the intensive care unit," WAM quoted a health ministry statement as saying.

Emirati health officials also announced the full recovery of one of the new coronavirus cases in the Gulf Arab country.

The ministry said that a 73-year-old female Chinese patient was now free of the virus that has claimed over a thousand lives worldwide.

"All reported cases are in stable condition, except for one case, who is being put under close observation by a team of senior consultants at the Intensive Care Unit," a statement by the ministry said.

"We assure members of the community that we are taking all adequate preventive measures including check-ups and observation of the patients’ escorts," it added.

The ministry also confirmed that, in coordination with health and other concerned authorities in the country, it has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that highly efficient preventive measures are in place.

It urged the public to follow the preventive procedures and to read the awareness instructions, available on its website and the official websites of UAE health authorities. 

"The public are also advised to adopt protective health behaviours to avoid infectious diseases, including washing hands with soap and clean water, and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing to stop the spread of germs and viruses," the statement said.

"In cooperation with key partners, we follow a very effective epidemiological monitoring mechanism - in accordance with the highest global practices and based on World Health Organisation’s standards - to respond to any health emergencies," it added.

Gulf nations have been on alert about the coronavirus and in recent weeks hvae begun screening passengers arriving at international airports.

Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports in the UAE started "thermal screening" for passengers arriving from China over fears of the spreading of the new virus from January 23.