Selin ATAY-TDO- The Gulf Cooperation Council announced that it would take preventive measures at GCC border crossings in a bid to counter the deadly new coronavirus.
The GCC issued a statement following an extraordinary meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh attended by the health ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.
The ministers discussed what sort of measures could be taken to prevent a possible outbreak and said they would comply with the procedures suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO).
They said preventive health procedures would also be practiced at all crossing points near the borders of the Gulf countries.
According to the latest reports, the United Arab Emirates currently has nine cases of the novel coronavirus.
Notably, Iran - a neighbor of Gulf countries - announced earlier in the day that two people had died from the virus, which is now officially known as COVID-19.
The Iranian city of Qom is shutting down schools and universities following the deaths of two people from the coronavirus.