Confusion about terminology arises after WHO says coronavirus could develop to a larger scale.
The ministry also urged all returning citizens and residents to self-isolate immediately.
The authorities have closed schools, universities, cultural centres, sporting events.
The UAE has reported 13 people have been diagnosed with the infection.
Two of the new patients had returned from vacation in Japan's northern island.
Six new cases of the coronavirus has been registered in the nation.
All individuals in contact with the infected patients have also been quarantined as a precautionary measure.
All reported cases are in good health and are receiving medical treatment.
The 169 new cases pushed the total tally to 1,146, with the numbers expected to rise.