Statement No. (3) On Novel Coronavirus in China
Statement No. (3) On Novel Coronavirus in China29/1/2020
Further to the statement No. (2) issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH), regarding the epidemiological situation of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, the MOH would like to announce that, as of January 29, more that (6000) cases of nCoV have been recorded in China resulted in 132 deaths.
In addition, more than (80) confirmed cases of nCoV have been reported outside China in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Australia, France, Germany, USA and Canada. As well as, (4) cases were reported in the United Arab Emirates on 29/01/2020.
The Ministry affirms that no cases of nCoV have been reported in the Sultanate so far.
H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Saidi, Minister of Health chaired on (Wednesday) the second meeting with the MOH undersecretaries and directors general at the Ministry's headquarters to emphasize the readiness of health institutions in handling any cases suspected with nCoV. The meeting also highlighted the provision of required reagents in the public health laboratories, the necessary measures that should be taken in the border crossings in coordination with various relevant authorities, as well as raising the public awareness on this virus.
In view of the rapid developments of the Novel Coronavirus in China, the Ministry advises traveling to China only when strictly necessary as the Minister of Health stated for the Oman TV.