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.
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.
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