With the CDC announcing that a coronavirus outbreak in the United States is likely to occur and that we may have to modify our behaviour to be more isolated from each other,
The virus has now infected more than 88,000 people and spread to over 60 countries after first emerging in China late last year. South Korea, the biggest nest of infections outside China, reported nearly 500 new cases on Monday, bringing its total past 4,000.
"The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while."
Health Minister Hamad Hassan told a news conference the patient was taken directly to isolation from a plane arriving from the Iranian city of Qom on Thursday after exhibiting symptoms on the aircraft.
The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, closed to visitors on Sunday after staff refused to work due to coronavirus fears, unions and management said.
The decision also affected travel to Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) mosque in Medina. Authorities also suspended entry to the kingdom to those with tourist visas from nations affected by the new virus.
The laboratory diagnostic kits in the cargo will help screen thousands of people, further supporting the efforts to control the pandemic.
Germany's interior minister rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempt to shake hands with him as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 150.
The Minister of State for Media Affairs Amjad Adayleh said the decision was part of "preemptive measures... following the rise in cases of coronavirus in South Korea, Iran" and China.