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UAE reports 17 new coronavirus cases, total jumps to 45

Ministry of Health and Prevention says new cases are people from Thailand, China, Morocco, India, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Iran and the UAE

UAE reports 17 new coronavirus cases, total jumps to 45

A further 17 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the UAE, taking the total to 45 in the country.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) also said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM that two Chinese patients, aged 10 and 38, have recovered, bringing to seven the total recovered cases in the UAE.

According to MoHAP, early monitoring and reporting system has screened new cases for people from Thailand, China, Morocco, India, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Iran and the UAE.

All the cases arrived from abroad. Two cases, each from the UAE and Egypt, have been diagnosed with the virus after being in close contact with confirmed cases announced previously in connection with the cycling event, the UAE Tour.

Five individuals in close contact with Covid-19 patients have also been screened, placed under health quarantine and subjected to preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus, the statement added.

All cases are being monitored round-the clock, are in a stable condition and are receiving all necessary health care required, MoHAP said.

The ministry advised members of the public to adhere to preventative health and personal hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of the disease and refrain from spreading rumours.

It also advised individuals suffering from respiratory symptoms to avoid crowded and public places.

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