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UAE reports 14 new coronavirus cases

UAE reports 14 new coronavirus cases

The total number of reported cases in the country has reached 59

The UAE has announced 14 new cases of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said on Monday, bringing the total number of reported cases to 59.

The health ministry said the cases include four Emiratis, three Italians, two Bangladeshis, two Nepalese, one Russian, one Indian and one Syrian national.

The infected patients were identified following an “active and continuous investigation” and the testing of those who came in contact with previously confirmed patients who were quarantined, official news agency WAM reported.

The ministry also announced that five additional patients had recovered including two Emiratis, two Ethiopians and one Thai national.

That brings to 12 the total number of Covid-19 patients who have recovered in the country.

The ministry stressed that UAE authorities are keenly monitoring the spread of the virus in the country and handling it according to the global standards.

Several precautionary measures have also been put in place, including the installation of detection thermal imaging systems and health checks at the country’s border entry points, and isolating confirmed and suspected cases.

Schools and universities have also been closed for four weeks, while numerous events have been postponed to restrict the spread of the virus.

The health ministry also urged the public to adhere to preventative health measures.

“The ministry and local health authorities recommend members of the community adopt healthy habits that help protect individuals from infectious diseases, including washing hands well with soap and water, and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs and viruses,” a statement said.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, over 100 countries and territories have reported confirmed cases.

The total number of cases reported in the GCC states have now crossed 250, with Bahrain also reporting 24 new cases on Monday.

Also read: Saudi Arabia bans travel to UAE, eight other countries

Globally, the number of those infected has crossed 108,000, with the virus claiming at least 3,800 lives.

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