Municipality workers carry out a sterilisation drive in Dubai.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE Health Ministry announced 210 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1024. The new cases identified are in a stable condition and receiving treatment.
The ministry also announced that 35 cases fully recovered from the virus, after receiving treatment, bringing the total recovered cases to 96.
The Ministry and other local health authorities called upon the public to adopt healthy practices to safeguard against contracting contagious diseases. Healthy behaviors aimed at preventing the spread of germs and viruses include maintaining hand hygiene by washing with soap and water and covering the mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing.
The Ministry also advised people suffering from respiratory illnesses to avoid mixing in crowded places. It stressed that the public is urged to consume information from official sources only and avoid spreading rumours.
Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA) has decided to dedicate Al Ain Hospital to treating and isolating patients with COVID-19, with the hospital's current patients to be transferred to Tawam Hospital and other nearby medical facilities in Al Ain City.
The decision is aimed to provide the best healthcare services for the community, said Rashid Saif Al Qubaisi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SEHA.
"The move is in line with SEHA’s efforts to strengthen and ensure the quality of healthcare services provided to the public, and comes as part of national efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country," he added.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) has revealed that it is providing free COVID-19 vaccine for Emiratis and expatriates in 84 government and private hospitals and centres.
Authority called on all cigarette dealers and producers in the UAE to comply with these measures in order to avoid the penalties outlined in the Cabinet Decision on Violations of Procedures for Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products.
The Department on Thursday issued an administrative decision regarding the temporary ban of serving “shisha”, calling on owners of establishments operating in the emirate to immediately stop this service until further notice.
India, the world’s most populous country after China, has said it may not need to vaccinate all of its 1.35 billion people to create herd immunity. Still, covering even half its population will make it one of the largest immunisation programmes in the world, even if countries like the United States were
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"Not only does it impact the planned vaccination schedules, it also decreases the credibility of the vaccination process," the ministers, from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said.