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Coronavirus in UAE: Fifth patient's family in quarantine, not infected

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on February 2, 2020 | Last updated on February 2, 2020 at 12.45 pm
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(Agencies file)

Thermal screenings of patients are taking place only in UAE airports and nowhere else: MOHAP.

Family members of the fifth patient, a Chinese tourist from Wuhan, who has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the UAE are also in quarantine and under observation to ensure their safety, a senior official with the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) told Khaleej Times. However, his family members did not test positive for the deadly illness that has claimed over 300 lives since the outbreak.

Dr Hussein Al Rand, assistant undersecretary of the Health Centres and Clinics Sector, MOHAP, said, "The patient is fine. He a tourist from Wuhan, and is in a stable condition. As a preventive measure, we've also placed his family in quarantine, but they did not test positive for the Novel Coronavirus."

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Commenting on the status of the first family of four who are under treatment at an undisclosed location, Dr Al Rand said, "They are stable and are recovering well. As per the WHO guidelines, we will be keeping them under quarantine and observation for 14 days since the start of diagnosis. However, there is no need to worry. They are OK."

The undersecretary also said thermal screenings of patients are only taking place in UAE airports, and nowhere else. "There are rumours about thermal screenings in shopping malls and other public locations. I can confirm this is not true. We are only screening passengers at UAE airports, and nowhere else," he said on Sunday.

MOHAP announced a new case of coronavirus infection in the country late Saturday night, and added that the patient was stable and under medical care. Since the outbreak of the disease in China, only five cases have so far been detected in the UAE.

The UAE is adhering to WHO's directives in dealing with the cases detected, said Dr Al Rand.

The Ministry has called upon the public to rely on official sources for information and avoid giving heed to rumours, asking them to get information from approved media entities and official social media accounts.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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