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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE Health Ministry on Sunday announced 294 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1,798. The new cases identified are in a stable condition, being monitored and receiving treatment.
The ministry also announced that 19 cases fully recovered from the coronavirus, after receiving treatment, bringing the total recovered cases to 144.
UAE ministry extended its National Sterilisation Programme. The team continued their disinfection drive Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA, announced on Wednesday the launch of 'Weqaya,' a virtual platform designed to raise public health awareness in relation to the coronavirus, and provide reliable updates and solutions as well as preventative health and safety measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Dr Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, highlighted the latest COVID-19 developments in the country and the measures taken by Emirati authorities to combat the spread of the pandemic.
Dr Al Hosani explained: 'Weqaya seeks to raise public awareness and avoid coronavirus infection in a simple way. Users will also have the opportunity to communicate with medical and health experts by sending in queries via the website.’
She announced the formation of the Weqaya Field Team, which consists of volunteers from various nationalities, to conduct public awareness campaigns among members of diverse communities. A call centre was also launched to provide information, guidelines and instructions in coordination with other health call centres through the toll free contact 800-WEQAYA.
Dr Al Hosani revealed the UAE has established a new massive laboratory to address the need for population-scale detection and diagnosis of COVID-19. The laboratory is capable of conducting tens of thousands of real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, RT-PCR, tests per day and is the first in the world of this scale to be operational outside of China.
Preventable measures include covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing to reduce the spread of flu viruses, regular hand washing with water and soap, and sanitation, as well as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that cause flu.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the UAE is now 74, while 12 people have already recovered.
A first in the region, the 15th session of the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) began on Thursday in Dubai under the auspices of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority.
The UAE ranked ahead of world-class countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, Denmark, Taiwan and the Netherlands. While Germany and Switzerland ranked first in the lead, according to the report.
'The UAE is a model country in terms of humanitarian assistance. While itself dealing with the pandemic, the UAE has pursued the path of helping other countries, as this is the only way to effectively deal with the contagion.'
The number of cured cases increased in the country to 21,061, after the recovery of 724 new cases.