Abu Dhabi dispels rumor of coronavirus infection

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 27 January 2020: The Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre denied a rumour that a patient in Abu Dhabi was diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus (also known as 2019 nCoV), and added that the case pertains to a previous type of Coronavirus, which is not dangerous and that the patient is currently being treated.

The centre called upon the public to only pay attention to accurate information from the government health authorities and to avoid recirculating any information related to the disease, which could lead to negative effects.

The centre added that it is working with all authorities to ensure that proper measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease in the country, said Wam.

It also urged the public to contact the Istijaba emergency call centre on the toll-free number, 8001717, for any support or inquiries.

All necessary precautions taken: Health Minister

UAE Minister of Health Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais has stressed that no case of Coronavirus infection was found in the UAE and that all necessary precautions have been taken to protect the country from the disease.

The minister made the statement during a meeting of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management team, which he chaired. Concerned officials from several authorities attended the meeting, which discussed in detail the steps taken to ensure that the UAE remained free from the attack of the virus and the resultant respiratory illness.

The meeting also stressed the importance of full preparedness on the part of all the concerned entities to deal with any eventuality concerning the newly identified Coronavirus, said Wam.

Alert Level Raised

The UAE has raised the level of alertness in the country in order to deal with any development proactively and effectively at the border crossings, following a close assessment of the domestic and external situation, as well as in the wake of the preventive steps taken by China.

The incidence of the disease in a few other countries as per reports from the World Health Organisation was also taken into account while raising the level of alertness. The public sector and private sector health entities in the country have been sufficiently briefed on the ways to anticipate and preempt the disease as well as to prevent it from spreading in case of any incidence.

Al Owais has emphasised on the need to ascertain news reports about the disease from reliable and official sources and avoid giving heed to rumours.

He also stressed the need for disseminating the guidelines to the public in order for them to follow them for their own protection. The guidelines will be disseminated through official social media channels and the national media with a view to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all the UAE nationals and residents.

No cases of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: Minister

RIYADH: The Saudi Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, said no cases of infection with the new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been recorded in the Kingdom to date.

“The Ministry of Health has implemented many strict precautionary measures to address the new Coronavirus and has strengthened monitoring and control procedures for this disease in the entry points to the Kingdom, in addition to flights coming directly from the Republic of China, as well as travelers coming from China through indirect flights, in coordination with the General Authority of Civil Aviation,” he added in statements carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

“The Health control center personnel are inspecting all arrivals from China and measuring their vital signs.”