Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. The United Arab Emirates announced the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese family from Wuhan found to be infected.
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Filipino in United Arab Emirates positive for nCoV — report
Ratziel San Juan ( - February 8, 2020 - 3:18pm

MANILA, Philippines (Update 3, 3:42 p.m.) —  A Filipino national is one of the two patients who tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease in the United Arab Emirates. 

This was announced by the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention, according to state-run Emirates News Agency.

The said infected patients were identified through the periodic screening being conducted continuously, based on standards of the World Health Organization

“In a statement, the Ministry said that the new cases, who are of Chinese and Filipino nationalities, are under observation and necessary medical care according to the highest health standards applicable in the country, stressing the effectiveness of the online reporting system,” the government news agency’s report read.

The new cases brought the Philippines' total nCoV infection count to seven.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that health facilities will still monitor and report any new suspected cases of the 2019-nCoV ARD.

The unidentified Filipino case in the UAE marks the second confirmed case of a Filipino infected with the new strain of coronavirus abroad.

The first is a Filipino seafarer who tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

The sailor is currently quarantined along with at least 537 other Filipinos on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess docked in Yokohama in Japan.

RELATED: Over 500 Filipinos aboard quarantined ship in Japan — envoy

Meanwhile, there are three confirmed 2019-nCoV ARD cases in the Philippines, with only one fatality so far being the first in the country and the first death recorded among 24 outbreak-hit countries outside of China.

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