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Three of eight UAE Coronavirus patients 'fully recovered' - ministry

Ministry of Health and Prevention says other five cases are still being continuously monitored while one of them is in intensive care

Three of eight UAE Coronavirus patients 'fully recovered' - ministry

The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced that three of its eight Coronavirus patients have recovered.

Liu Yujia, a 73-year-old woman from China, was the first patient to recover fully from the disease while two others, also Chinese citizens, a 41-year old man, and his eight-year-old son, have also recovered, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM late on Friday.

It added that the recovery by the patients reflects the efficiency of the health system in the country.

The other five cases are still being continuously monitored and one of them is in intensive care.

WAM accompanied Consul-General of China to the UAE, Li Xuhang, and Dr Fatima Al Attar, head of International Health Regulations at the Ministry, who visited the father and his son, to congratulate them on their complete recovery.

The Chinese nationals expressed their thanks and appreciation to the UAE leadership for the care and medical attention they had received, it reported.

"The UAE leadership, government and people have demonstrated the true meaning of solidarity with the People's Republic of China in confronting this latest outbreak and lauded the UAE's advanced healthcare systems that resulted in the full recovery of the patients," Xuhang told WAM.

Al Attar added: "With the announcement of the recovery of the two cases, today, we deliver a message of love from the people of the UAE to the friendly Chinese people and emphasise our solidarity with them in facing this disease.

"A greeting of love to all my colleagues in the medical sector, and I thank them for the efforts to prevent and guarantee the health and safety of all members of the society," she added.

The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic surged past 1,500 on Saturday after 143 more people died in the country, according to official data.

The National Health Commission also reported 2,641 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, with the vast majority in hard-hit central Hubei province.

More than 66,000 people have now been infected in China from an illness that emerged in the Hubei capital Wuhan in December and spread nationwide a month later.

All but four of the 143 new deaths were in Hubei, raising the toll to 1,523.

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