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UAE ministry confirms two new coronavirus cases, bringing number to 13

Iranian man and his wife found to have the coronavirus COVID-19

UAE ministry confirms two new coronavirus cases, bringing number to 13

The last case brings the number of those infected in the UAE to 13 with three having recovered.


UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention announced two new cases of coronavirus today, including a 70-year-old Iranian visitor, whose health is unstable and he is in the intensive care unit.

While screening all those who came into contact with the Iranian man, the ministry found that his 64-year wife was also infected with the coronavirus COVID-19.

The last case brings the number of those infected in the UAE to 13 with three having recovered.

Two cases were discovered yesterday (Friday), involving a 34-year-old Filipino and a 39-year-old Bangladeshi who had close contact with previously confirmed cases of Chinese citizens.

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 80 per cent of patients who have mild symptoms such as fever and coughing managed to recover from the coronavirus. Whike the number of fatal cases are relatively low (0.2%), the percentage increases with older people or those who suffer from chronic diseases.

The ministry said that in coordination with health and other concerned authorities in the country, it has been following a very effective epidemiological monitoring mechanism and taking all the necessary precautions to ensure highly efficient preventive measures, including check-ups and observation of the people who have been in contact with patients, in accordance with the best global practices.

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