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    CAIRO (Sputnik) - Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has stated that the United Arab Emirates is ready to provide China assistance in efforts to control the spread of a deadly new form of coronavirus.

    "We’re closely following the Chinese government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. We’re confident in their ability to overcome this crisis. The UAE is ready to provide all support to China and cooperate with the international community to tackle this virus", the crown prince wrote on Twitter.

    ​Earlier on the same day, China's National Health Commission director Ma Xiaowei told reporters that the spread of the virus appears to be accelerating despite mitigation efforts.

    The new type of viral pneumonia, which is currently spreading across the world, was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December. There are already over 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in China, with the death toll now standing at 56.

    Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Nepal, France, the United States, Malaysia, Australia and Canada have confirmed cases of infection in recent days.

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