In the United Arab Emirates, guests are separated from two hotels because of the corona virus. These include the Crowne Plaza hotel in Abu Dhabi, which currently houses Dutch cyclists, among others.
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The majority of Crowne Plaza hotel guests are cyclists and companions who participated in the Tour of the United Arab Emirates.
The Dutch team Jumbo-Visma with Dylan Groenewegen among others is staying in the hotel. Also riders from other teams including Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) and Wout Poels (Bahrain-McLaren) are not allowed to leave the hotel for the time being.
The last two stages of the cycling race were canceled on Thursday. The reason for this is the detection of the corona virus among two Italian staff members of one of the cycling teams.
The two Italians are in a hospital in Abu Dhabi. All other hotel guests were tested for the virus in the night from Thursday to Friday.
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Dutch embassy is ready to offer help
It is not known how many Dutch people are staying at the Crowne Plaza. This is being investigated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is not known whether there are Dutch people in the other hotel.
"Our embassy in Abu Dhabi is in contact with the local authorities and is ready to provide assistance if needed," said a ministry spokesperson.
In the United Arab Emirates, a total of nineteen people were infected with the COVID-19 virus.
The COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) in short:
- The virus spreads mainly through cough and sneeze drops that hang in the air for a short time. Anyone who shows no symptoms is hardly a risk of infection.
- Someone can infect two or three others on average (less than, for example, measles). However, this figure is falling due to all precautions.
- The vast majority have mild (flu-like) symptoms.
- Almost all deaths concern older or already sick people.
- The first infection was reported in the Netherlands on Thursday 27 February. It was about a man from Loon op Zand. The GGD conducts contact investigations.