UAE reports 5th case of coronavirus; Etihad airways suspends Beijing-Nagoya flight

The new case of the virus is that of an individual who flew into the UAE from the Chinese city of Wuhan

UAE confirmed the fifth case of coronavirus infection in the country.

The new case of the virus is that of an individual who flew into the UAE from the Chinese city of Wuhan, official news agency WAM reported.

According to the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, the patient was stable and under medical care.

The Ministry disclosed that the four cases reported earlier within a Chinese family were still under medical care and stable.

The Ministry added that there was no cause for concern, and the health care system in the country was resilient enough to combat the disease.

The UAE is adhering to WHO’s directives in dealing with the cases detected, the statement said.

The Ministry has urged the public to depend on official sources – approved media entities and social media accounts – to glean information and avoid paying heed to rumors.

In light of the recent coronavirus in China, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has suspended its flights between Beijing and Nagoya due to low travel demand, but otherwise continued to operate normal flights to China.

“Extensive measures have been adopted by medical and aviation authorities in China and the United Arab Emirates, and Etihad Aviation Group is fully compliant with the guidance of the Abu Dhabi Health Authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and stands ready to take more actions based on informed advice” – Etihad said in a statement.

China recorded over 14,380 cases of the deadly virus across the country, confirming 304 deaths.

A 44-year-old Chinese male from Wuhan died in the Philippines on February 1 from the novel coronavirus, the first death recorded outside of China, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.


With inputs from Bloomberg