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UAE reports first two deaths related to the new coronavirus

Ministry of Health and Prevention says victims were 78-year-old Arab national returning from Europe and a 58-year-old Asian nationals who was a UAE resident

UAE reports first two deaths related to the new coronavirus

The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) early on Saturday announced the first two deaths caused by the new coronavirus in the country.

In a statement, MoHAP said a 78-year old Arab national who had arrived in the country from Europe had suffered a heart attack, coinciding with complications from the coronavirus disease.

MoHAP added that the other individual, a 58-year-old Asian national and resident of the UAE, had prior chronic illnesses – heart disease and kidney failure.

The ministry expressed its regret and sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, and expressed its well-wishes for the recovery of all individuals diagnosed with coronavirus.

It reassured that both cases had received all necessary medical care and attention in the country’s medical facilities.

The deaths were announced as global fatalities rose above 11,300 and total infections exceeded 272,800. The number of deaths recorded in the Gulf region stands at three after the first Covid-19 death in Bahrain.

MoHAP urged the general public to cooperate with health authorities, and adhere to precautionary measures announced – particularly social distancing – to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 and ensure the overall health and safety of the UAE community.

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