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Coronavirus Spreads in 6 Arab Countries, Raises Fears of Pandemic

Mon 24 Feb 2020 | 02:50 PM

China-originated Coronavirus, also known as (COVID-19), has now spread to six Arab countries, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt.

On Monday, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Iraq reported their first cases of the virus, meanwhile, the other Arab countries reported many cases over the last few days.

The deadly virus has also been reported daily around the world.

In mainland China, 2,592 people have died, while more than 79,000 infections have been confirmed, according to government figures.

Other hundreds of cases have been confirmed elsewhere, as the virus is now present in at least 30 countries.

It is worth mentioning, Liu Zhiming, the director of a leading Hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease Tuesday morning, according to state television.

He is the first known hospital director to have died from this deadly virus.

China is trying with all its might to confront the effects resulting from the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, via a series of strong and effective measures that seek to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by this deadly virus.

What is the latest Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are part of the family of viruses known as Coronaviridae. The new form of Coronavirus known as Coronavirus 2019-nCoV, that is currently affecting inpiduals, originated at the seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus was first reported to the WHO on December 31. The Wuhan market has been shut down since January 1.

What are the symptoms?

The novel Coronavirus symptoms can range from mild to severe, a cause of worry as it can be mistaken for cold and fever. Some of the symptoms of the virus are dry cough, fever, and respiratory problems. It is also widely described as a pneumonia-like illness, because of its similarities with pneumonia—a lung ailment. But as this is a virus, antibiotics are not helpful. There is no vaccination for the disease so far.