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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase COVID-19 testing throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had prior contact with infected individuals, the Ministry has conducted 41,000 additional tests.
Testing resulted in the detection of 553 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 16,793.
The new cases in question are in a stable condition and undergoing the necessary medical treatment.
The Ministry also announced the death of nine patients of various nationalities due to complications arising from COVID-19. The deceased suffered from other chronic health issues. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 174.
The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to all patients currently undergoing medical care.
The Ministry also announced that 265 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,837.
The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, particularly concerning social distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.
Dubai’s Department of Economic Development has carried out inspection procedures across Dubai to ensure the compliance of outlets with the precautionary health and safety measures.
DED officials made a surprise visit to outlets across Dubai. They inspected prices of goods, while ensuring the availability of products.
Meanwhile, Al Muraqabat Police patrolled several Dubai areas to monitor any violations during the National Sterilisation Programme from 10pm until 6am.
The Ministry has announced it was deploying a self-driving vehicle to distribute personal protective equipment including masks, gloves and sanitisers among residents and workers of a residential complex in Sharjah.
The initiative, which was implemented in cooperation with the Sharjah’s Family Health Promotion Centre, and Huawei, comes as part of the ministry’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, using the latest Artificial Intelligence technologies and fifth generation technology, 5G, MoHAP said in a statement.
Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Health Policy and the Licensing Sector in the ministry, affirmed the ministry’s keenness to incorporate AI technologies and smart techniques into its COVID-19 awareness programmes.
"Deploying the autonomous shuttle is a step in the right direction towards strengthening the prevention and control of COVID-19 as it significantly reduces social contact while at the same time saving more time and effort.
"AI technologies are very useful during these challenging times. Not only will they help protect the medical cadres against the virus, but they will also save their time, which can be harnessed to treat patients," Al Amiri said.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Saturday 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.
The units will provide 'mobile and rapid solutions for early diagnosis and vaccinations' in different regions of the Emirate of Ajman.
In co-operation with SPEA, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority in Sharjah has decided that government and private nurseries are all set for reopening on Sunday (March 28, 2021).
This decision has been made after a number of inspection and monitoring visits, ensuring compliance with the precautionary measures and procedures, and a safe environment for children.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), met on Monday morning the members of the Deans of the Faculties Council and the Directors of Research Centres and Institutes at the University’s main building.
Narratives of the Place (Sard Al Makan), an immersive and experiential theatrical show, which chronicles the history of Sharjah and its extraordinary journey and accomplishments over the past 50 years, will debut today (Tuesday, January 25) at 9:00 pm at Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
Schools in the UAE resumed in-person learning on Monday, after two weeks of using an online learning system as a precautionary measure, coinciding with the International Day of Education, which falls on Jan.24.