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Coronavirus in UAE: Two new cases reported

Published on February 8, 2020 at 06.00

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A Filipino is among the two new patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) has announced. The other patient is a Chinese national, and both are said to be in a stable condition.
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The update brings the UAE’s total number of nCoV cases to seven. A four-member Chinese family and a Chinese tourist were the previous confirmed cases in the country. All five travelled to the UAE from the city of Wuhan where the virus originated, according to authorities.
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The embassy of the Philippines said in an advisory that it is coordinating with Mohap and assured that the “Filipino patient is under observation and is being given the necessary medical care in accordance with the highest standards in the UAE”.
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“With this in mind, the embassy reminds all Filipinos in the UAE to always follow the hygiene protocols of Mohap and the World Health Organisation (WHO),” read advisory the embassy posted on its Facebook page on Saturday.
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“Also, the public is advised to only get their information from UAE health authorities and not to post or share in social media and digital messaging any unverified information,” added the embassy.
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Mohap has issued a series of advisories to hospitals and clinics — as well as educational institutions and businesses — about preventive protocols that should be followed.
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It also called for calm, assuring that the general health situation is not a cause for concern. The ministry is working round the clock to immediately report any new cases.
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