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New Delhi: Amid reports that a nurse from Kerala working in Saudi Arabia had tested positive for the coronavirus, Saudi health ministry affiliate clarified that there were no cases of the deadly virus in the kingdom.

The clearance also came from the Saudi Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a tweet that there were no cases of the novel coronavirus so far.

The virus, which can pass from person to person, has been reported in Thailand, Japan and South Korea, raising concerns about its spread through international air travel. More than 630 people have been infected, mostly in China, but cases have been detected as far away as the United States.

The 2019-nCoV virus is also being referred to as the ‘Wuhan’ virus after the Chinese city which is the epicentre of the outbreak. The virus has killed at least 18 people in China so far, according to reports, leading the Xi Jinping government to shut down three cities, including Wuhan, to contain the spread of the virus.

The virus is particularly dangerous for people who have weakened immune systems, like younger children and older adults. So far, there are no vaccines to protect humans from the deadly coronavirus.

According to reports, the outbreak of the virus was first identified at a market that sold seafood and live animals like wolves and civer cats.

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