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In pictures: UAE residents take precautions against coronavirus

Published on January 30, 2020 at 14.47

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The UAE confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus infection on Wednesday after a four-member Chinese family was diagnosed with the virus. (Photo by Mohammed Mustafa Khan/KT)
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The novel coronavirus, which originated in the central city of Wuhan, has now claimed 170 lives and infected 7,711 people in China, latest official data showed. (Photo by Mohammed Mustafa Khan/KT)
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Following the announcement, the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) and medical professionals have urged residents ‘not to panic’ about the potential spread of the virus. (Photo by Mohammed Mustafa Khan/KT)
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The ministry stressed that the epidemiological investigation centres in the country are working round the clock to report any cases of the virus, noting that the health system in the country “works very efficiently and that the ministry is closely following the situation in a way that guarantees the health and safety of everyone.” (Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/ KT)
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An external circular issued by Mohap instructs hospitals to assess patients only if they meet certain criteria including coughing or having difficulty breathing — with or without a fever. Also, the circulars instructed hospitals to be more vigilant about managing cases with acute respiratory symptoms, especially if they have a travel history to China during the last 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. (Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/ KT)
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Meanwhile, the Department of Economy in Dubai (DED) has called on all pharmacies and retail outlets not to increase the price of face masks and nose covers. (Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/ KT)
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The department said it is illegal to hike prices when there is a high demand with people taking extra precaution against the spread of coronavirus. (Photo by Ryan Lim/ KT)
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The department has urged all customers to report cases if they come across cases of hiked prices for face masks. (Photo by Ryan Lim/ KT)
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Due to the fast nature that the novel coronavirus has become prevalent, pharmacies across the nation are reporting a shortage of face masks, particularly the highly-protective N95 masks. (Photo by Ryan Lim/KT)
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Due to the fast nature that the coronavirus has become prevalent, pharmacies across the country are reporting a shortage of face masks, particularly the highly-protective N95 masks. (Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT)
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A number of airlines around the world announced that they’re stopping flights to mainland China. However, major UAE airlines said flights to China are operating as per their schedule and there is no change in operations due to the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT)
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All travellers from these flights must pass through thermal scanners at the gates and must be provided with health safety tips and guidebooks. The thermal screening procedures are conducted at secured gates by the Dubai Health Authority and the Airport Medical Centre team. (Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT)
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The Dubai Police have also assured the public that measures have been implemented at Dubai Airports to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Shihab/KT)
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As there is no vaccinations available to prevent the spread of this virus, it is advisable to take certain precautions to prevent nCov. (Photo by Shihab/KT)
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The UAE government has stepped up its efforts in the wake of the novel coronavirus warnings across the world. The ministry also advised residents to continue going about their day-to-day lives and take necessary health precautions. (Photo by Shihab)
 
 
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