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Dubai, January 24, 2020
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have clarified that an Indian nurse under treatment in the kingdom was not infected with the novel coronavirus that has originated in China.
Media reports in Saudi Arabia said there have been no cases of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the kingdom so far.
The clarification came after reports from India yesterday suggested that an Indian nurse working at a hospital in southwestern Saudi Arabia had been infected by the virus and was under treatment there.
The Jeddah-based English-language Arab News said the Consulate General of India there had been informed by Tarik Al-Azraqi, chairman of the Scientific Regional Infection Control Committee in Asir Region, that the woman is suffering from a different strain of the coronavirus to the one that originated in Wuhan, China.
The woman “is suffering from MERS-CoV and not 2019-NCoV (Wuhan),” the newspaper quoted the consulate as saying.
Saudi Arabia’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said there were no cases of the Chinese novel coronavirus in the kingdom so far.
The woman affected by the Mers coronavirus is being treated at Asir Central Hospital and is recovering well, the reports said.