UAE says all ports on alert after new SARS-like virus in China

UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention confirms that no cases of the new Novel coronavirus emerging in China have been reported in the UAE

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday confirmed that no cases of the new Novel coronavirus emerging in China have been reported in the UAE.

The ministry reassured the public that the outbreak does not pose any risk to the UAE’s public health, adding that it is monitoring the situation closely.

Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary of Health Centres and Clinics Sector, said that the Ministry of Health has taken all precautionary measures in cooperation with its partners, and is ready to deal with any travel related coronavirus cases.

He added that all ports are on standby to handle coronavirus cases.

The new SARS-like virus has killed a third person, spread around China and reached another Asian country, authorities said Monday, fuelling fears of a major outbreak as millions begin travelling for the Lunar New Year in humanity’s biggest migration.

The new coronavirus strain, first discovered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

Wuhan has 11 million inhabitants and serves as a major transport hub, including during the annual Lunar New Year holiday which begins later this week and sees hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel across the country to visit family.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that safeguarding people’s lives should be given “top priority” and that the spread of the epidemic “should be resolutely contained”, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

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