A 66-year old Emirati has died in Germany after contracting a new, deadly virus while in hospital receiving treatment for cancer, the UAE state news agency has confirmed.
Health authorities in Germany said the man was infected by the novel coronavirus (NcoV). His death takes the global death toll up to ten.
The UAE confirmed that there are no suspected cases in the country to date.
The Emirati man’s death follows weeks after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said a ninth victim, a Saudi man, had died after contracting the virus.
“WHO encourages all member states to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns,” WHO said in a statement.
“WHO is currently working with international experts and countries where cases have been reported to assess the situation and review recommendations for surveillance and monitoring,” it added.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that includes causes of the common cold but can also include more severe illness such as the virus responsible for SARS.
In 2002, an outbreak of the SARS coronavirus killed about 800 people after it spread from Hong Kong to more than 30 countries around the world.
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