Two Russians among the six diagnosed with new coronavirus in UAE as virus cases in South Korea exceeds 5,300

Two Russian nationals currently staying in the United Arab Emirates have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said on its Facebook account on Tuesday.

Although the Russian embassy in that country has been unavailable for immediate comment but the Emirates Officials have confirmed six cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the UAE Tour’s entourage, according to the announcement made on Tuesday afternoon by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

“The six individuals diagnosed with the new coronavirus include two Russians, two Italians, one German and one Colombian,” said a release about the news. “The patients were connected to the two previously announced cases associated with the cycling event, the UAE Tour.”

The news comes less than a week after the UAE Tour was cancelled after the fifth stage by authorities with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council after two staffers on the UAE-Team Emirates squad came down win the virus.

The cancellation led to a multi-day lockdown of all race officials, pro riders, media, and team officials within the team hotels on Yas Island outside Abu Dhabi. Riders and officials were forced to remain in their rooms as medical officials tested them, one by one, in the downstairs rooms of the hotels.
Meanwhile, in South Korea, the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has climbed to 5,328, and the death toll reached 32, according to a statement by the Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Most new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the city of Daegu (405) and in the neighboring province of Gyeongsangbuk-do (89). One more coronavirus case was confirmed in Seoul, and three new cases were reported in the second-largest city of Busan. Forty-one people recovered, and around 28,400 people remain quaratined in the country.

In the last several days, the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in South Korea has been rapidly growing. 

On February 23, the government decided to postpone the start of the school year until March 9.

In China where the outbreak was first recorded in the city of Wuhan and cases of the new coronavirus have so far been confirmed in more than 70 other countries, including in Russia, Nigeria and Senegal. The WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. 

Outside of China, most cases of the new coronavirus were reported in South Korea, Iran and Italy. According to latest reports, over 3,000 people have died from the coronavirus, while the total number of confirmed cases have surpassed 90,000, and around 47,200 people recovered. 

Outside of China which is the epicentre of the outbreak, over 120 people died from the new coronaivurs, and the number of confirmed cases is almost 9,000.


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