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17 févr. 2020 | 16h26 UTC

UAE: Officials confirm ninth coronavirus case February 16 /update 2

United Arab Emirates Alerte de sécurité

Government confirms ninth coronavirus case on February 16; take precautions against virus

TIMEFRAME expected from 17/2/2020, 12h00 until 14/3/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Dubai). COUNTRY/REGION United Arab Emirates

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Event

On Sunday, February 16, officials in the United Arab Emirates have confirmed nine cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The most recent case is of a Chinese national, who is in stable condition. The other cases concern five other Chinese nationals, two Filipino nationals, and one Indian national. Three cases were recently confirmed fully recovered, while the other six remain under observation.

Further international spread of the disease is to be expected over the coming weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in 29 countries and territories worldwide. Virus screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is a "very grave threat."

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.

 

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