Via The National: Health Minister reports 67 Mers cases and 9 deaths in UAE at FNC meeting.
ABU DHABI // The Minister of Health addressed the Federal National Council on Tuesday to answer questions about the Mers coronavirus.
Sixty-seven cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have been documented in the UAE, including nine deaths, said Abdul Rahman Al Owais in a presentation overviewing the virus and the global and local response efforts.
This figure does not seem to include the case of a 73-year-old Emirati man, who contracted the disease in the UAE then was transferred to Munich, where he died in March last year.
The minister said 18 UAE nationals had contracted the disease, of which four have died.
The ministry has trained health staff in schools, it said, with 273 staff members trained in Dubai, 227 in Abu Dhabi, 130 in Sharjah, 45 in Ajman, 40 in Umm Al Quwain, 45 in Ras Al Khaimah and 60 in Fujairah.
It has also conducted trainings among staff working in the medical sector, with 1,370 trainees in Dubai, 1,235 in Abu Dhabi, 743 in Sharjah, 305 in Ajman, 282 in Umm Al Qaiwain, 337 in Ras Al Khaimah and 290 in Fujairah.
Given the number of expatriates working in the UAE, it's not surprising that they've formed the majority of MERS cases.