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Gulf health ministers applaud UAE steps to combat coronavirus

Health ministers from across the Arabian Gulf met in Riyadh to discuss emergency response measures

Gulf health ministers applaud UAE steps to combat coronavirus

The outbreak of novel coronavirus has claimed 1,874 lives. According to latest WHO statistics there are 71,429 laboratory-confirmed cases, of which 2,162 are new.

Gulf ministers from across the GCC have commended the measures the UAE has taken against the novel coronavirus, particularly in keeping Arab nationals inside the country for quarantine before allowing them to return to their countries, according to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency.

Yesterday, health ministers from across the region gathered for an emergency meeting in Riyadh to discuss the growing concern over the virus.

During the meeting, the ministered affirmed that all the necessary precautionary measures have been taken in line with the 2005 International Heath Regulations approved by the World Health Organisation and the GCC’s unified heath procedures manual approved in December 2018.

Additionally, the ministers – including UAE Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al Owais – praised China’s own efforts at combating the disease.

On Sunday, the WHO announced that a total of nine cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

On January 29, the GCC Communicable Diseases Committee held an emergency meeting to explore coordination and cooperation mechanisms regarding emergency response and prevention.

The outbreak of novel coronavirus has claimed 1,874 lives. According to latest WHO statistics there are 71,429 laboratory-confirmed cases, of which 2,162 are new.

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