Medical suppliers in the UAE are running out of surgical face masks due to increased demand from fears over the deadly coronavirus with some suppliers indicating that they are \u201ctotally out of stock.\u201d\r\nThe virus, known also as corona, was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has killed more than 130 people and infected more than 6,000 people globally, most of them in China. Symptoms include coughing, fever, and breathing problems.\r\nFace mask suppliers told Al Arabiya English that they had run out of masks due to increased demand stemming from the coronavirus. One supplier said it was \u201ctotally out of stock,\u201d while another said it was receiving many more requests than usual.\r\nBusinesses and individuals have been stocking up on face masks as fears of the epidemic spreading continue to rise. The UAE health ministry\u00a0reported its first case of coronavirus\u00a0on Wednesday morning.\r\nSurgical facemasks can provide some basic defense against some viruses, and can be useful in slowing the spread of an epidemic.\r\nThe health ministry and government media office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.\r\nAs cases are recorded in an increasing number of countries around the world, other states have begun screening processes in airports for flights coming in from China.\u00a0Here is a timeline of the spread.\r\nThe\u00a0symptoms of the virus\u00a0range from nothing to a cough and virus - to eventually death. Al Arabiya English has put together a video and instructions of\u00a0how to protect yourself from the virus here.\r\nIn the Middle East, Jordan has also reported a case of coronavirus.