Don’t fret: UAE “completely free” of deadly coronavirus
The UAE is totally free of the coronavirus, which at the time of writing has claimed the lives of 17 people, and infected more than 500 others.
In a statement released on WAM, the Emirates News Agency, the National Committee for International Health Regulations said that procedures were in place to deal deter and contain and potential outbreak here in the country.
On Wednesday, health authorities in the United States said it had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus. Cases have since been reported in Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
"The UAE has an effective integrated system and plans for emergency and crisis to address public health risks,” said the National Committee for International Health Regulations and the Control of Pandemics said in a statement.
“The country is in constant touch with the World Health Organisation, WHO, to find out the latest updates, recommendations and procedures taken in this matter."
"The health situation poses no grounds for concern and the ministry is closely following up on the situation to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”
Official figures suggest the virus has invected more than 500 people in Chinae, with some experts saying the infection numbers could be closer to 4,000.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention also said that it was “on standby” at all shipping and airports, and ready with necessary monitoring and detection measure to protect against the virus.
Hospitals across the country have also been given information to identify and treat and coronavirus cases which might emerge.