Elderly Chinese woman fully recovers from coronavirus in UAE

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Liu Yujia thanked the UAE for the health care she had received. (WAM)
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Liu Yujia thanked the UAE for the health care she had received. (WAM)
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Updated 10 February 2020

Elderly Chinese woman fully recovers from coronavirus in UAE

  • Liu Yujia, 73, was among seven people in the Emirates infected

DUBAI: An elderly Chinese woman has fully recovered in the UAE after she had coronavirus diagnosed.

Liu Yujia, 73, who was among seven people in the Emirates infected, contracted the illness in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said she had been treated at an isolation ward since Jan. 23 and had “recovered fully and can carry on with life normally”

Liu thanked the UAE for the medical care she received and the treatment given to three of her family members who were also infected.


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“I would like to thank the Consul General of China and the representative of UAE’s Ministry of Health for their visit,” she said as she met Chinese consular and Emirati health officials.

The ministry’s Assistant Under-Secretary for Health Centres and Clinics, Dr. Hussein Al-Rand, said Liu’s case raised hope that other cases in the UAE can also be fully recovered.

“Individuals diagnosed are receiving proper health care in accordance with leading World Health Organisation standards, with each individual case being monitored until full recovery is attained,” he added.

Consul General Li Xuhang said: “UAE leadership, government and people have demonstrated the true meaning of solidarity with the People’s Republic of China in confronting this latest outbreak.”

Along with Liu and her three family members, another Chinese man and two Filipinos have also had the cronavirus diagnosed. 

The coronavirus emerged in central China at the end of last year and has killed at least 800 people and infected more than 37,200 have been infected.

So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran

Updated 27 May 2020

So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran

  • Iranian president Rouhani has urged his cabinet to speed up the introduction of harsher laws against such killings

TEHRAN: The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry.
Reza Ashrafi, now in custody, was apparently enraged when he killed his daughter Romina on Thursday after she ran away with 34-year-old Bahamn Khavari in Talesh, some 320 kilometers (198 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran.
In traditional societies in the Middle East, including Iran, blame would typically fall on a runaway girl for purportedly having sullied her family’s honor, rather than on an adult male luring away a child.
Romina was found five days after leaving home and taken to a police station, from where her father brought her back home. The girl reportedly told the police she feared a violent reaction from her father.
On Wednesday, a number of national newspapers featured the story prominently and the social media hashtag #RominaAshrafi reportedly has been used thousands times on social media, with most users condemning the killing.
Proposed legislation against honor killings has apparently shuttled for years among various decision-making bodies in Iran.
On Wednesday, Romina Ashrafi’s case led Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to urge his Cabinet to speed up harsher laws against such killings and he pushed for speedy adoption of relevant legislation.
There is little data on honor killings in Iran, where local media occasionally report on such cases. Under the law, girls can marry after the age of 13, though the average age of marriage for Iranian women is 23. It is not known how many women and young girls are killed by family members or close relatives because of their actions, perceived as violating conservative Islamic norms on love and marriage.
Iran’s judiciary said Romina’s case will be tried in a special court. Under the current law, her father faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Iran’s vice president in charge of family affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, expressed hope that a bill with harsher punishments will soon be in the final stages of approval.
Shahnaz Sajjadi, special assistant to citizens’ rights in the presidential directorate on women and family affairs, on Wednesday told the khabaronline.ir news website “We should revise the idea that home is a safe place for children and women. Crimes that happen against women in the society are less than those that happen in the homes.”