Covid-19: Avoid unwarranted coronavirus panic, UAE tells residents

Avoid, unwarranted, virus panic, UAE, tells, residents

Dubai - Three Gulf Arab states recorded their first new coronavirus cases this week.



By Reuters

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020, 9:45 PM

Last updated: Thu 27 Feb 2020, 3:55 PM

The UAE, a major air transit centre, is ready for "worst case scenarios" as the coronavirus spreads in the Middle East, a government official said on Wednesday.
Three Gulf Arab states recorded their first new coronavirus cases this week, all in people coming from Iran, which on Wednesday reported a total of 19 virus-related deaths and 139 cases.
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Authorities in the UAE, which has reported 13 cases since January 28, have enough facilities to quarantine patients and will be carrying out surveillance on people entering the country, said the official from the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.
It was too early to ban public gatherings in the business, trade and tourism hub, added the official. "We are quite satisfied that we have taken all the necessary steps needed to preempt the spread of the virus at all levels, without pushing the country into a state of unwarranted panic," the official said.


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