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United Arab Emirates: 2 new coronavirus cases found

In both cases the infected had been in contact with a Chinese national; new cases raises total infections in UAE to 11

Sibel Morrow   | 21.02.2020
United Arab Emirates: 2 new coronavirus cases found


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday confirmed two fresh cases of the deadly coronavirus, raising the number of infected in the country to 11, according to the official Emirates News Agency. 

The two infected people had been in contact with a Chinese citizen who was diagnosed with COVID-19 – the virus' official name – the Gulf nation's Health Ministry announced in a statement.

The infected people are from the Philippines (34 years old) and Bangladesh (39), said the ministry.

The ministry said it started examining all contacts with the detected cases to prevent contamination and to ensure public safety.

On Friday, Chinese authorities announced that the death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak reached 2,238.

The country's National Health Commission said there are 75,465 confirmed cases of the virus.

More than 18,260 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the illness.

Coronavirus has spread to more than 25 other countries including the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain and India.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

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