Statement (No. 1) on the outbreak of the new coronavirus (2019- nCOV) In the People’s Republic of China
The Ministry of Health, represented by the Directorate General of Disease Surveillance and Control, is following up on the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan City in China. A 198 cases including two deaths have been reported as of January 20th, 2020. Four cases outside China were reported, two cases in Thailand, one in Japan and one in Korea.
The new virus belongs to the Coronavirus family that usually cause a disease spectrum ranging from flu-like illness to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Following the current situation of this outbreak and in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry has undertaken precautionary measures addressing the surveillance, investigation of suspected cases, and increasing awareness among travelers from and to China.
The Ministry stresses that all citizens and residents should seek information from the official sources and communicate with the Ministry through the call center (24441999) in case of any inquiry.