UAE announces ninth coronavirus case

Six cases are under observation by a team of leading consultants in intensive care. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 February 2020

UAE announces ninth coronavirus case

  • The latest case, a 37-year-old Chinese man, is in a stable condition according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • Five Chinese people, two Filipinos and an Indian have already had the coronavirus diagnosed

DUBAI: The UAE announced a new coronavirus case on Sunday, bringing the number of those infected in the country to nine, state news agency WAM reported.

The latest case, a 37-year-old Chinese man, is in a stable condition according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Five Chinese people, two Filipinos and an Indian have already had the coronavirus diagnosed.

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Three cases were recently confirmed fully recovered. The remaining six are under observation by a team of leading consultants in intensive care, the ministry said.

“The public are also advised to adopt protective health behaviors to avoid infectious diseases, including washing hands with soap and clean water, and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing to stop the spread of germs and viruses," the statement said.


Lebanon to continue repatriation of coronavirus-stranded citizens abroad

Updated 34 min 16 sec ago

Lebanon to continue repatriation of coronavirus-stranded citizens abroad

DUBAI: The Lebanese government will continue with its repatriation of stranded citizens from abroad because of tighter travel restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Flights scheduled for next Monday to bring back the Lebanese abroad were still on, according to Michel Najjar, the country’s minister of Public Works and Transportation, in a report by state news agency NNA.

The second stage of expats’ return would be in light of the first stage’s assessment, he said.

“We cannot repatriate all the Lebanese abroad; this is a massive issue considering the huge number of emigrants,” Najjar commented.

Two Middle East Airlines flights, one coming from Doha with 122 nationals on board and another from Frankfurt, landed on Thursday in Beirut as part of the repatriation process of Lebanese emigrants and students abroad.