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UAE confirms 4 Chinese tourists have Wuhan coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
A family of four Chinese tourists in the United Arab Emirates today became the first cases in the Mideast of Wuhan coronavirus with an Emirati doctor saying the first to fall ill only showed symptoms after over a week on vacation.

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Dr. Hussein al-Rand, an assistant undersecretary for the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention, told The Associated Press that there was no reason to panic over virus. However, he acknowledged Emirati officials now were tracing the family's steps since landing in this federation of seven sheikhdoms that includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

"Their condition is stable, they are awake, they are all receiving all the measures,'' al-Rand said. "I would say to the public: Please, don't be panicked. The health condition within the United Arab Emirates is safe.''

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