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SARS-related visa ban denied

posted on 12/05/2003: 2052 views

The Minister of Health yesterday denied that the UAE is planning to stop issuing visas to people coming from countries that have reported cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). "We are not going to ban flights coming from SARS infected countries and we are not going to ban issuing visas to people from those countries," he said. Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa also assured that the UAE is SARS-free. "Not a single case of SARS has been reported," he said, adding that the health authority is doing its best to prevent the dreaded virus from entering the emirates. "We are following all WHO recommendations," he said.

Earlier, the Federal National Council had said that if the Ministry of Health wishes to ban flights from SARS infected countries, it will not object to the decision. The minister was speaking during the opening of the Dubai World Dermatology and Cosmetology Conference and Exhibition 2003 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The conference runs till tomorrow. (The Gulf News)


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