The United Arab Emirates reported 14 new cases of the deadly coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 59, Emirates News Agency (WAM) said.
Those infected with the virus include four citizens, three Italians, one Syrian, and one Indian, the UAE said.
The cases were discovered after an “active and continuous investigation” was carried out, and those who had direct contact with previously confirmed infected patients were quarantined, WAM reported.
The UAE reported the first case in the Middle East on January 29. Since then, the virus’s spread in the country has been modest.
The country also announced on Monday that five coronavirus patients have been cured, which include two citizens, two Ethiopians, and one Thai national, according to WAM.
This brings the total number of people cured of coronavirus to 12, WAM reported.
Schools were shut as of Sunday for four weeks and students will receive distance education to prevent coronavirus from spreading further. Nurseries were shut at the end of February.
Sporting events and concerts in the UAE have also been canceled temporarily as well as other large-scale gatherings. Last week, the last two stages of the UAE Tour were canceled after two staff members of the Italian team tested positive for the virus.
Authorities have also issued advice for individuals, including asking residents to avoid handshakes, nose greetings, and kissing to protect themselves. Citizens and residents have been asked to avoid unnecessary travel.
For those who do travel, airport screenings have been implemented for travellers returning from certain countries, and individuals may be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.
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