Municipality workers carry out a sterilisation programme in Dubai.
The UAE Health Ministry announced 150 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases to 814. The new cases identified are in a stable condition and receiving treatment.
The Ministry said a 62-year old Asian expat and a 78-year old GCC national who tested positive for COVID-19 died due to complications related to chronic diseases. This brings death toll to eight.
The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.
The ministry advised members of the general public to adhere to the preventative health and personal hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
The Dubai Civil Defence carried out sterilisation drive across the emirate to ensure community safety.
Dr Farida Al Hosani, UAE Health Sector’s spokesperson said we are proud to announce the launch of the biggest laboratory, built outside China, for detection and diagnosis of COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates.
In addition, the public will be able to call a toll-free number 800-WEQAYA to answer their questions and to seek advice on coronavirus preventive measures and health guidelines.
Dr. Al Hosani announced the launch of “Weqaya” a digital platform that focuses on addressing health issues, enhancing public awareness, and offering latest information on coronavirus.
Dr Al Hosani urged the public to follow health advice and pay attention to groups at higher risk, particularly the elderly. We should abide by the physical distancing guideline for their health and safety.
“We highly appreciate everyone’s commitment to work safely from home. Let’s maintain our productivity while adhering to the preventive measures,” Dr. Al Hosani said.
Al Hosani said “Please join us in confronting this global challenge and be part of our campaign.”
It is noted that basic protective measures such as the frequent washing of hands, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or into ones elbow, and to seek early medical care if symptoms of fever, cough and difficulty in breathing arise.
The UAE ministry also advised individuals with respiratory illness symptoms to avoid mixing in crowded places. It also called on members of the public to seek information from official sources, and avoid spreading misinformation.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the UAE is now 74, while 12 people have already recovered.
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.
People stranded in Dubai who decide to leave to return to their home countries receive a special sticker on their passports.
Expatriates living in the UAE were elated as their family members, colleagues, friends stuck in other countries are now able to return as the UAE has lifted restriction on incoming flights from Monday onwards.
The Committee explained that the new guidelines take into account the exceptional situations of some categories of people including people of determination, children, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The UAE will today (Monday) start receiving residents with valid residence visas, who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic from various countries.