Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have revealed that it has recorded its first case of coronavirus which was diagnosed in a family from China, but did not say how many people had been infected.
The Ministry of Health and the government communications office however noted that those diagnosed with the coronavirus infection were in stable condition and under medical observation.
Meanwhile, the death toll arising from the outbreak of the deadly MERS & SARS-like disease in China has risen from 106 to 132 with the number of cases reaching nearly 6,000 – more than during the SARS epidemic of 2002-03.
Reports also reveal that Japan and the United States have immediately started evacuating hundreds of citizens from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.
Speaking to state news agency Xinhua, respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan, who heads China’s team of experts for the control and prevention of the virus said while it was difficult to estimate the peak, there should be no “large-scale increases” after a week or 10 days.
“There are two keys to tackling the epidemic; early detection and early isolation,” Zhong said. “They are the most primitive and most effective methods.”
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