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UAE confirms first two COVID-19 deaths



The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the deaths of two coronavirus patients, the primary such fatalities to be reported within the country.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention said during a statement late on Friday that one in every of the 2 individuals was a 78-year-old "Arab national" who had come from Europe. The explanation for death was a attack, coinciding with complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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The second patient was a 58-year-old "Asian national" and resident of the UAE, who had prior chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and renal failure, which "further complicated" their ability to fight the virus.

The new coronavirus was first detected within the central Chinese of Wuhan late last year and has since spread to a minimum of 164 countries and territories.

Earlier this month, the planet Health Organization declared the outbreak a plague.

According to data compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University, the cost now exceeds 11,000 of quite 258,000 confirmed cases. Some 87,000 people have recovered.

Despite the rising number of cases and deaths, most who become infected suffer only relatively mild symptoms.

There are 140 cases of the coronavirus reported within the UAE to this point. Like other countries round the world, the UAE has introduced restrictions on passenger arrivals, but has not to date imposed confinement measures, with public spaces, like shopping centres and restaurants remaining open.

More than 1,300 coronavirus infections are detected within the Gulf region, with most cases initially identified among travellers getting back from Iran, one in every of the world's hardest-hit countries.

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