A plane carrying evacuees lands at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The United Arab Emirates has coordinated with various embassies for the evacuation of Arab nationals from Wuhan City in China.
The evacuees will be received at the newly established Emirates Humanitarian City in the UAE, and will undergo medical testing and monitoring to ensure their health and safety.
The move follows the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to establish a healthcare facility that will provide the individuals hailing from neighbouring Arab countries with the necessary monitoring and preventative medical care following their evacuation from the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak — China's Wuhan City.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed said, “I share in the UAE's commitment to the greater good for humankind as we evacuate foreign nationals in Hubei. They will receive the best medical care before they return home. We thank the Chinese government for its assistance.”
A special aircraft carrying some 215 individuals from Wuhan was equipped with HEPA cabin air filtrations systems, medical supplies and equipment necessary to carry out the evacuation procedure, along with medical response teams and cabin crew trained to carry out the evacuation.
The UAE Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri said, “The UAE is showing its leadership in humanity and tolerance, equipping its ‘Emirates Humanitarian City’ with the latest medical equipment to host citizens from other countries evacuated from China’s Hubei Province #Emirates_Humanitarian_City #UAE_China…”
The Emirates Humanitarian City has been set up as per the highest standards to facilitate high-quality care for individuals admitted, ensuring their privacy and dignity are maintained throughout their stay.
Individuals will undergo a 14-day quarantine period during which they will undertake the necessary medical and laboratory tests, and be monitored to ensure their health and safety.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the UAE Embassy in China have coordinated with the embassies of the countries concerned to organise the evacuation process as part of the UAE's continuous efforts to enhance cooperation with the Chinese government to contain the spread of the virus.
The UAE health ministry also announced the death of an Asian with complications from coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths in the country to 11.
MoHAP also announced the death of three patients as a result of COVID-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 375, it added.
All residents are advised to conduct a CIVID-19 PCR test before flying to the UAE.
The Ministry said in a statement that the intense testing drive uncovered 277 new cases of various nationalities, who are all in a stable condition and receiving the necessary medical treatment. This brings the total number of official cases recorded in the UAE to 63,489.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Friday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
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