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UAE Government: COVID-19 recoveries rise to 17,546; new 726 cases identified

ABU DHABI, 30th May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced on Saturday that 42,624 additional COVID-19 tests have been conducted among UAE citizens and residents, resulting in the detection of 726 new cases, taking the cumulative total of infections in the country to 33,896.

This includes those receiving treatment, recovered cases, and deaths. A total of 449 patients have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 17,546.

The announcement was made during the regular media briefing held in Abu Dhabi wherein Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson for the UAE Government, provided an update on coronavirus-related developments and measures taken to mitigate its impact.

During the briefing, Dr. Al Shamsi also announced the death of two patients from COVID-19, taking the total number of deaths to 262.

“The number of COVID-19 cases still receiving treatment now stands at 16,088 from different nationalities,” she added.

Addressing the briefing, Dr Farida Al Hosani, the spokesperson for the state health sector, underlined the necessity of people continuing to abide by the precautionary measures in place and following all necessary medical advice in order for the nation to avoid more infections.

“We’re living a new reality where we have to adopt a new lifestyle,” she said. “People who are most susceptible to the infection have to take extra care of themselves, namely those suffering from diabetics, hypertension and asthma as well as other respiratory and heart diseases,” she continued.

Al Hosani cited statistics purporting that these patients account for the largest number of COVID-19 critical cases, noting that they are the most susceptible to the novel virus.

“They have to completely abide by all precautionary measures, including physical distancing norms; not going out; avoiding gatherings; eating healthy food; and practicing sport,” she added.

“We all must share an individual responsibility toward this segment of society; we have to ensure their compliance with all precautionary measures by providing them with their daily needs to spare them the trouble of getting outdoors.”

Responding to media questions about reports that the coronavirus has started to subside, Al Hosani said, “It is difficult to broadly confirm that the virus has started to subside globally. The issue differs from one country to another according to the measures being taken and the medical potential available as well as people’s compliance with the precautionary measures. The infections are on the rise in some countries and remarkably subsiding in some others. According to the World Health Organisation’s latest figures, the tally of infections is still on the rise globally.

“However, in Europe there is a significant decline in the number of daily infections and deaths. Many countries have announced they are already in the recovery phase and are well in control. In South America, the number of infections and deaths is rising, as is the case in some Southeast Asian nations and the Middle East. As such, we can not say the virus is subsiding.”

“In the same time, there are no confirmed reports that the virus symptoms lessen when transmitted from one person to another; the severity of the diseases is rather contingent on the person’s immunity and on whether or not he or she suffers chronic diseases like hypertension, etc,” she continued.

On whether the number of infections may increase following the decision to reopen economic activity, Al Hosani said, the decision has been taken following a holistic review of all developments on the ground.

“It is possible the number of infections may increase; it all hinges on how people abide by the precautionary measures. Therefore, the responsibility is collective to ensure public safety and healthy,” she added.

“We can not affirm that the virus is subsiding. However we all share in the collective responsibility to act and reach the recovery phase; the more we comply with the precautionary measures, the better we are able to control the virus spread.”

Al Hosani denied social media rumors that COVID-19 is caused by bacteria rather than a virus. “All official studies have affirmed that the disease is caused by the SARS CoV virus. However, it is possible that the COVID-19 patients could be prone to other bacteria infections resulting from the corona complications,” she explained.

Al Hosani noted that aspirin is not used for treating COVID-19, explaining that there are more efficient medications being used.

She referred to AlHosn App as a useful tool that can be used in retail outlets in commercial centres. “AlHosn App can be utilised by obligating employees in retail outlets to download it. In case they exhibit any symptoms, they have to get tested, and by then they won’t be allowed to return to work until they get test results,” she added, noting that the app helps in the early detection of infected people and their contacts.

 

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UAE Government: Over two million COVID-19 tests conducted, 822 new cases identified

ABU DHABI, 25th May 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government has announced that the number of COVID-19 tests has broken the two million mark, reaching 2,044,493 screenings as part of the national plan to intensify coronavirus detection.

Speaking at the UAE’s regular media briefing on Monday, Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, attributed the success in conducting such a large number of tests to the tireless efforts of dedicated medical teams.

“We are adopting a proactive approach to stem the virus’ spread in the country. We are now at a critical juncture that requires individual responsibility; we all must honor our responsibility to society and stand alongside our first line of defence and our leadership to survive the crisis,” he continued.

For her part, Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson for the UAE Government, said an additional 41,202 tests have been conducted using state-of-the-art medical testing methods.

“As part of its intensified testing campaign, the Ministry of Health and Prevention detected 822 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 30,307.

She announced three deaths due to COVID-19 complications, taking the total number of deaths to 248.

Al Shamsi expressed her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished current COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.

She also noted an additional 601 individuals have fully recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 15,657. “A total of 14,402 patients from different nationalities are currently receiving the necessary treatment,” she added.

“Eid al-Fitr comes amid unusual circumstances this year that require full compliance with the precautionary measures taken at the national level to curb the pandemic, including physical distancing norms to ensure our safety and the protection of all around us. Eid al-Fitr this year is completely different; all families have to stay home and steer clear of harm by avoiding gatherings and physical visits. Doctors have to report physically to their hospitals and attend to their patients; volunteers have to be in the field, forging ahead with their successful efforts and exemplary dedication,” she continued.

“It is a different occasion for those under quarantine who have to stay away from their loved ones; it is a different occasion for paramedics, nurses, and disinfection squads, as well as all those belonging to our first line of defence. We stand by them all and pray to Allah Almighty that we all can weather this crisis and gather together again with our families and loved ones very soon.”

She added that the current circumstances triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic have created “a new reality for all of us, including for members of the same family; a new reality that requires a new way of thinking to invest our time in a different way, to re-consider our old habits and customs in a way that further strengthens our bonds.”

Al Shamsi concluded by calling upon everyone who knows any of the country’s frontline health workers to “call and congratulate him or her on Eid al-Fitr and thank them all on our behalf for their tireless efforts and dedication under the current exceptional circumstances.”

 

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UAE health ministry conducts over 35,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 781 new cases

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ABU DHABI, 24th May, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Sunday that it conducted over 35,000 additional COVID-19 tests using state-of-the-art medical testing methods.

In a statement, the Ministry affirmed its aim to expand the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.

As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP detected 781 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 29,485. According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced one death as a result of COVID-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 245, it added.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished current COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.

MoHAP also noted an additional 561 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 15,056.

It called on the public to cooperate with health authorities and adhere to social distancing protocols and preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of all.

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inistry of Health announces 50,000 additional COVID-19 tests, 994 new cases, 1,043 recoveries, four deaths

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ABU DHABI, 22nd May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE has conducted over 50,000 additional COVID-19 tests in line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to intensify virus screening in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The accelerated investigative measures resulted in the detection of 994 new coronavirus cases among various nationalities, all of whom are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care, taking the total number of infections in the country to 27,892, according to a MoHAP statement today.

The Ministry also announced the death of four patients of different nationalities from COVID-19. The total number of deaths has now reached 241.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to all patients, calling on the public to cooperate with health authorities and comply with all precautionary measures, particularly social distancing protocols, to ensure their safety and protection.

The Ministry also announced the full recovery of another 1,043 cases after receiving the necessary medical treatment, taking the total number of those recovered from the virus in the UAE to 13,798.

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WAM: Ministry of Health announces 43,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 894 new cases, 946 recoveries and four deaths

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ABU DHABI, 21st May, 2020 (WAM) — In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase COVID-19 testing nationwide for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had contact with already infected cases, the Ministry has conducted 43,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 894 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 26,898.

The new cases are in a stable condition and undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

The Ministry also announced the death of four patients from various nationalities due to complications arising from COVID-19. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 237.

The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to patients currently undergoing medical care.

The Ministry also announced that 946 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 12,755.

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.

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COVID-19 recoveries rise to 11809; 941 new cases identified

ABU DHABI, 20th May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced on Wednesday that over 43,732 additional COVID-19 tests have been conducted among UAE citizens and residents which resulted in the detection of 941 new cases, taking to 26,004 the total number of infections in the country. This includes those receiving treatment, recovered cases, and deaths. A total of 1018 patients have fully recovered from COVID-19 after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 11809.

The announcement was made during the regular media briefing held in Abu Dhabi, wherein Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, the official spokesperson for the UAE Government, Dr. Saif Juma Al Dhaheri, Spokesman of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), Dr Farida Al Hosani, the Spokesperson for the Health Sector, and Imam Abdurrahman Al Shamsi, spokesman for the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf), gave an update on the coronavirus-related developments and measures taken to mitigate its impact.

During the briefing Dr. Amna Al Shamsi also announced the death of six patients from COVID-19, taking the total number of deaths to 233. “The number of COVID-19 cases still receiving treatment now stands at 13,962 from different nationalities,” she added.

Dr Saif Al Dhaheri said all decisions related to modifying the timings of the National Disinfection Programme are taken following a holistic review of the current conditions. “We take into consideration the readiness of various sectors to receive the public and ensure their safety, especially retail outlets and shopping malls. Their compliance with the precautionary measures, including maintaining safety distance and placing a cap on staff and customers’ numbers is of paramount importance. We must ensure a balance between business continuity and public safety needs,” he explained.

“Since the onset of the crisis, the majority of UAE society has been living up to responsibility, setting an honourable example of compliance with preventive measures and collaboration with the government in implementing all measures required. We are certain this cooperation on the part of our citizens and residents will persist during the Eid holiday.”

“However,” he adds, “there are some violations perpetrated by some who fail to comply with the decision to ban congregations and to abide by quarantine measures. These violations are committed by a limited number of individuals who we request abide by all measures put in place. We will continue to spare no effort to enhance public awareness and educate people on the danger of these violations.”

“It is incumbent on everyone to abide by the COVID-19 countermeasures during Eid, as any violations will have an adverse effect on the entire society,” he warned. He added that violators will be subject to penalty and disciplinary action.

Al Dhaheri also reiterated the importance of not distributing Eidaya (money gift to children during Eid), citing research which confirmed the virus may be transmitted through banknote.

“The decision to keep malls open for certain hours during Eid came after ensuring they have applied all preventive measures, including working at 30 % capacity, enforcing a two metre safety distance, and prohibiting the entry of people over 60 years of age and children below 12; in addition to restricting the shopping trip for any person to a maximum of two hours,” he added.

“Practicing sports is allowed only from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.,” he said, noting that walking, jogging and cycling should be done only near one’s home for up to two hours with a maximum of three people together. Social distancing and the wearing of masks is also mandatory.

For his part, Abdurrahman Al Shamsi, spokesman for Awqaf, said that due to the current exceptional circumstances, the Fatwa Council of the United Arab Emirates has decided that Eid prayers will be performed at home to ensure safety, and mosques across the country will remain closed. All mosques will declare Takbeerat Al Aid (Eid chants) through their microphones 10 minutes prior to the prayer.

He stressed on the importance of celebrating eid while entirely abstaining from physical visits and gatherings to ensure the safety of all, especially the elderly, children and sick people.

For her part, Dr Farida Al Hosani, said the UAE is now among the top countries in terms of COVID-19 screenings per capita. “We are proud of our leadership who have provided free tests to all UAE citizens, residents and other segments of society who are most susceptible to infections.”

She also discussed ALHOSN UAE app for smart phones, which can be downloaded on Android and IOS devices for free. “This is a national initiative aimed at supporting the Government’s efforts to contain the pandemic. The easy to use app combines the benefits of STAY HOME and TRACE COVID, the two apps previously launched by the Department of Health. It guarantees high degree of privacy protection to the users through artificial intelligence and other technological advances.

“However”, she added, “the success of this app hinges on the level of usage by our people and how many are using it; which means that its objective won’t be achieved unless 50-70 percent of the UAE population would download and use it in an effective way.”

She also referred to the TRACE COVID mechanism, being now applied to identify the individuals who had been in contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases. “If a person tests positive, he/ she will be requested to download secure coding signals over his/her phone to trace down his/her contacts over the previous 21 days in order to identify them,” she explained.

TraceCovid uses Bluetooth to pick up signals from nearby mobile phones that also have the app installed. Should someone test positive for the virus, this data can be used to find out who came into contact with them. Once identified, through a process called contact tracing, those people will be asked to self-isolate for two weeks and, if they develop symptoms of the coronavirus, must visit a medical centre for a test.

On whether awareness programmes on strengthening the immunity system of children and elderly should be launched, Al Hosani said the focus is now on elderly people and individuals who are most susceptible to complications, noting that the main advice is for them to keep washing hands and sanitizing surfaces in addition to changing some social habits like handshaking and hugging.

“We have launched supportive initiatives in this regard, including testing these segments of society at home and home delivery of medications as well as providing medical consultations remotely,” she added.Al Hosani denied any evidence that the virus may spread through swimming pools.

“We advise people to avoid crowded places and follow preventive measures while using swimming pools, including safety distance and avoiding sharing tools, like towels, chairs, seats, etc.”

On the reason of why recoveries are on the rise, she cited four main factors, namely application of state-of-the-art-technology in treating infected people. “The UAE has been among the first countries in the world to adopt the plasma treatment of COVID-19 critical cases as well as using other anti-virus medications,” she said.

“The second factor is the intensified screenings to cover the largest possible number of people and detect early infections before isolating them and applying best healthcare methods. The third factor is increasing the occupancy of medical facilities, by dedicating a large number of hospitals, medical centers to treat patients after equipping them with all required human and technical resources. The fourth one is the availability of qualified human cadres, advanced medical equipment, and sufficient medical reserves,” she said This increasing number of recoveries would not have been possible without the great efforts made by all those working in the medical sector who have set a model for giving and dedication to preserving the safety of the society and its protection, she continued.

“We have to re-consider our life choices in a way that ensures protection for our beloved ones. True, we are used to interact with each other during Eid and gather together as families and friends; however, the current conditions entail a reconsideration of some aspects of our life; we have to ask ourselves: can we tolerate exposing our families to the danger of this disease?” she wondered.

“The best Eidayha we can give to our beloved ones is to protect them by ensuring safe physical distance, wearing masks, and washing hands with water and soap constantly,” she concluded.

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Ministry of Health announces 38,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 873 new cases, 1,214 recoveries and three deaths

ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2020 (WAM) — In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase the number of COVID-19 tests throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had contact with already infected cases, the Ministry has conducted 38,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 873 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 25,063.

The new cases are in a stable condition and undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

The Ministry also announced the death of three patients from various nationalities due to complications arising from COVID-19. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 227.

The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to patients currently undergoing medical care.

The Ministry also announced that 1,214 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 10,791.

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.

 

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UAE health ministry conducts over 40,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 731 new cases

ABU DHABI, 17th May 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, announced on Sunday that it conducted over 40,000 additional COVID-19 tests using state-of-the-art medical testing methods.

In a statement, the Ministry affirmed its aim to expand the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.

As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP detected 731 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 23,358. According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities and are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced six deaths as a result of COVID-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 220, it added.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished current COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.

MoHAP also noted an additional 581 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,512.

It called on the public to cooperate with health authorities and adhere to social distancing protocols and preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of all.

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Ministry of Health announces 38,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 747 new cases, 398 recoveries and two deaths

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ABU DHABI, 15th May, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention has conducted 38,000 additional tests as part of its plan to increase the number of COVID-19 tests throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had contact with already infected cases.

Testing resulted in the detection of 747 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 21,831.

The new cases are in stable condition and undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

The Ministry also announced the death of two patients due to complications arising from COVID-19. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 210.

The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to patients currently undergoing medical care.

The Ministry also announced that 398 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7,328.

In the interest of the general public’s health and safety, the Ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, particularly concerning social distancing.

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UAE announces rise in COVID-19 recoveries to 6,523, 725 new cases

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ABU DHABI, 13th May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced that an additional 511 patients had recovered from COVID-19 after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries to 6,523.

This was revealed during the regular media briefing held today in Abu Dhabi by Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson of the UAE Government, and Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi, official spokesman for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, who spoke about the entity’s latest announcements.

Dr. Al Shamsi underscored plans to further enlarge the scope of testing, noting that health authorities have performed 1,560,923 tests to date. After conducting an additional 34,869 tests, 725 new infections were identified among various nationalities, with the total number of cases amounting to 20,386, including those receiving treatment, recovered cases, and deaths.

Al Shamsi also said that efforts by frontline defenders continue as part of the nationwide expansion of testing. The ratio of recorded cases to total tests to date has been estimated at 1.3 percent.

Al Shamsi affirmed that this ratio and the sheer number of tests conducted affirm the efficiency and strength of the country’s healthcare system and highlight the efforts of frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and volunteers, who are working around the clock to ensure the continuity of testing and thereby limit the spread of the virus.

Three deaths were announced from different nationalities, bringing the number of deaths registered in the country to 206.

Al Shamsi offered her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed to Allah the Almighty to grant patience and solace to their families.

The number of COVID-19 cases still receiving treatment now stands at 13,657 from different nationalities.

Al Shamsi stated that under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, free testing for UAE citizens would begin next week under the framework of the country’s preventative measures to counter COVID-19.

Al Shamsi also highlighted His Highness’ directives to offer free testing around the country to various groups, including service workers in the homes of UAE citizens, such as drivers, caretakers, and other support workers, as well as people of determination, pregnant women, residents over 50 years old, individuals with coronavirus symptoms, and the close contacts of coronavirus patients.

Al Shamsi said that the relevant health authorities would determine procedures for testing and their locations for individuals and target groups and would announce them through official channels while appealing to all members of the public to cooperate with health authorities to ensure the testing programme’s success.

In a message to the community, she said, “We are at an important stage in dealing with the virus, and containing it requires everyone to take responsibility by committing to eliminate it. Complacency will cause more infections and prolong the spread of the virus. Therefore, care must be taken to adopt precautionary measures, such as physical distancing, avoiding gatherings, and wearing face masks.”

For his part, Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi reviewed recent developments in the identity and nationality sector.

Al Kaabi said that based on the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Cabinet issued a decree to exempt violators of the law on entry and residency for foreigners from all incurred fines if their violations occurred before March 1, 2020, whether they hold entry permits and visas or were residents when they took the initiative to leave the country during the specific period granted and extended to May 18th for three months.

Al Kaabi added that the decision includes exemption from all fines related to ID cards and expired work permits incurred by beneficiaries.

Al Kaabi also stated that the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa included in the UAE Cabinet’s decision would not prevent beneficiaries from returning to the country in the future, provided they meet the requirements and take advantage of the departure period.

Al Kaabi further said that the Authority would announce details of all application procedures and urges all groups covered by the decision to take advantage of the opportunity before the deadline in order to avoid legal recourse and be prevented from entering the country in the future.

Separately, Al Kaabi expressed his appreciation for the feedback of users of the Authority’s services, noting that since the Authority began encouraging the public to use its smart services, 1.5 million transactions have been completed.

He also urged the community to continue using the Authority’s smart services platform as their main channel to complete transactions.

 

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UAE conducts over 32,000 additional COVID-19 tests; announces 783 new cases, 631 recoveries, two deaths

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ABU DHABI, 12th May 2020 (WAM) – The UAE has conducted over 32,000 additional COVID-19 tests over the past few days in line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to intensify virus screening in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The accelerated investigative measures resulted in the detection of 783 new coronavirus cases among various nationalities, all of whom are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care, taking to 19,661 the total number of infections in the country, according to a MoHAP statement today.

The Ministry also announced the death of two patients of different nationalities from COVID-19. The total number of deaths has now reached 203.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to all patients, calling on the public to cooperate with health authorities and comply with all precautionary measures, particularly social distancing protocols, to ensure the safety and protection of the public.

The Ministry also announced the full recovery of 631 new cases after receiving the necessary medical treatment, taking to 6,012 the total of those now recovered from the virus in the UAE.

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UAE: Rise in COVID-19 recoveries to 4,804, 781 new cases identified and 13 deaths

ABU DHABI, 10th May, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced that the total number of COVID-19 recoveries has reached 4,804 following an additional 509 recoveries.

The Ministry also noted that in line with its 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, it has conducted 29,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 781 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 18,198. The newly announced cases are in a stable condition and undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

The Ministry also announced the death of 13 patients due to complications arising from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 198. The deceased suffered from other chronic health issues.

The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to all patients.

MoHAP called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, especially those related to physical distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.

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UAE announces rise in COVID-19 recoveries to 4,295, over 33,153 additional tests conducted, 624 new cases identified

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ABU DHABI, 9th May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced that an additional 458 patients had recovered from COVID-19 after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries to 4,295.

This was revealed during the regular media briefing held today in Abu Dhabi by Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson of the UAE Government, and Dr. Alawi Ali Al Sheikh, spokesperson for the advanced sciences sector in the UAE.

”With the number of cases recorded today, this is the highest number of recoveries in the country, estimated at approximately 25 percent of the total cases,” Dr. Al Shamsi added.

Dr. Al Shamsi announced plans to further enlarge the scope of testing, noting that health authorities performed 33,153 additional tests that resulted in the identification of 624 new infections among various nationalities, with the total number of cases amounting to 17,417, including those receiving treatment, recovered cases, and deaths.

She announced the death of 11 individuals of various nationalities, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 185. Dr. Al Shamsi offered her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.

The number of coronavirus patients currently receiving treatment totals 12,937 individuals of different nationalities.

For his part, Dr. Al Sheikh addressed scientific efforts to fight COVID-19.

He said, “We have mentioned in the past few weeks a study that is being conducted by the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Dubai Health Authority, and Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital. This study aims to sequence viral samples from 240 patients with COVID-19.”

He noted, “Before we update you on the study, let us first understand the mutations and strains of the novel coronavirus. When the virus takes over human cells, it turns them into factories producing millions of new viruses, and like every other virus, slight changes take place in the genetic strains of the virus in which new strains are developed. This is normal because most of these genetic changes do not really change the nature of the virus or its symptoms.”

At the beginning of January 2020, researchers in China published the first sequencing of the novel coronavirus from a patient in Wuhan. The sequenced strain was considered the original strain of the virus and this sequencing was considered the reference sequence of the virus, he noted.

Dr. Al Sheikh pointed out that based on a study published two weeks ago, three strains have been identified. The main strain is strain A, and then there are two other strains derived from it, which are strains B and C. “After less than three weeks of announcing the genetic sequencing of the virus in the UAE, we have findings for 49 COVID-19 patients, as well as the complete genetic sequencing for 25 of the early cases in the UAE.”

He added that the study has found that, based on those 25 cases, there are two strains in the UAE, 24 of which were found to have strain B of the virus, and most of them were related to travel to Europe. There is only one case that had strain A of the virus, and it was a Chinese tourist coming from Wuhan, he noted.

Furthermore, 88 percent of the early cases did not have any symptoms or only had mild symptoms. The findings also indicate that there are 70 mutations in the UAE in the existing strains, 17 of which have not been identified internationally in efforts to sequence the virus, he mentioned.

“This is an achievement for the UAE in which our country is contributing to the global scientific community’s efforts to understand COVID-19 by providing this information to an international research database for scientists and researchers,” he concluded

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Ministry of Health announces 41,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 553 new cases, 265 recoveries and nine deaths

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ABU DHABI, 8th May, 2020 (WAM) — 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.

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Coronavirus recoveries in UAE reach 3,359, 546 new cases announced

ABU DHABI, 6th May 2020 (WAM) – The UAE Government announced an increase in COVID-19 recoveries to 3,359 cases following the recovery of 206 patients.

During the regular media briefing held today in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson of the UAE Government, said that since the start of May, the number of recoveries has increased daily, with the first six days of the month accounting for 155 recoveries.

Dr. Al Shamsi announced a plan to enlarge the scope of coronavirus testing, noting that health authorities performed 25,573 additional tests that identified 546 new infections among various nationalities, with the total number of cases amounting to 15,738, including those receiving treatment, recovered cases, and deaths.

She announced the death of 11 individuals of various nationalities, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 157.

Dr. Al Shamsi offered her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.

The number of coronavirus patients receiving treatment currently totals 12,222 individuals of different nationalities.

Dr. Al Shamsi stressed that due to a lack of adherence to precautionary measures and social distancing, today’s confirmed cases include 30 people from two families that held a family gathering. The cases include a baby under the age of two months and several elderly people.

“Our commitment should be in the form of actions rather than words. We should protect our loved ones, our fathers, mothers, and senior citizens, who are more vulnerable to infection than others,” she said.

Dr. Al Shamsi explained the decision to forbid children under the age of 12 and people over the age of 60 from entering shopping centres, supermarkets, and other stores outside malls aims to protect their health and safety as part of preventative measures related to the re-opening of malls and shopping centres around the country.

Dr. Al Shamsi also affirmed that the public’s commitment is a national duty that will help overcome the crisis, stressing that the current measures must continue. She also highlighted the importance of upholding preventative measures, especially social distancing, adding that the partial easing of precautionary measures does not mean that gatherings in private or public areas should occur.

People should stay at home unless it is necessary to go out, as well as avoid gatherings with over five people, commit to social distancing of no less than two metres, and wear face masks at all times, Dr. Al Shamsi said in conclusion.

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UAE conducts 1.3 million coronavirus tests

ABU DHABI, 5th May, 2020 (WAM) — As of 5th May, the UAE has conducted 1.3 million coronavirus tests, which were done by hospitals, specialist health centres and 14 drive-through testing centres.

The number of people who recovered from the virus doubled in the past two weeks, jumping from 1,443 on 21st April to 3,153 on 5th May, at an average of 122 cases per day.

The UAE is continuing its efforts to expand its scope of testing in all regions of the country, to ensure the early detection of those infected and isolate those they had contact with.

In this context, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, SEHA, announced the launch of a new testing centre in Mussafah, which aims to conduct 335,000 tests for residents and workers in the region over the next two weeks.

The centre will complete the healthcare infrastructure already in Mussafah, including the national testing centre in Basin 42 next to the bazaar, and the national testing centre in Basin 1, also known as the” Mussafah Old Clinic,” which were restored by SEHA and can receive 7,500 people daily.

On Saturday, 2nd May, the capital, Abu Dhabi, witnessed the launch of a new coronavirus testing centre in Al Nahyan Camp, which operates from 9:00 to 14:00 during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The UAE is devoting all its scientific, human and technological capacities to develop the best treatment and preventive methods against coronavirus.

The UAE also announced a patent for an innovative stem cell therapy, which was developed by a team of doctors and researchers at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Centre, ADSCC.

 

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UAE leaders congratulation Polish President on Constitution Day

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ABU DHABI, 3rd May, 2020 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Andrzej Duda of Poland, on the occasion of his country’s Constitution Day celebrations, observed annually on 3rd May.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, sent similar messages to President Duda. Their Highnesses also congratulated the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the occasion.

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Ministry of Health announces 26,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 564 new cases, 99 recoveries and 7 deaths

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ABU DHABI, 3rd May, 2020 (WAM) — In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase the number of COVID-19 tests throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had prior contact with infected individuals, the Ministry has conducted 26,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 564 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 14,163.

The new cases in question are all undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

The Ministry also announced the death of seven patients 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 126.

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 99 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,763.

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.

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COVID-19 recoveries rise to 2,664, 561 new cases detected: UAE government

ABU DHABI, 2nd May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced on Saturday that 121 new patients fully recovered from COVID-19 after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 2,664.

The announcement was made during the regular media briefing held in Abu Dhabi, wherein Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, the official spokesperson for the UAE Government, Fatima Alkaabi, Head Hematology& Oncology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, and Dr. Alawi Al Sheikh, the spokesman for the advanced science sector, gave an update on the coronavirus-related developments and measures taken to mitigate its impact.

Al Shamsi said that over 36,266 additional COVID-19 tests have been conducted among UAE citizens and residents over the past few days in line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to intensify virus screening in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“The accelerated investigative measures resulted in the detection of 561 new coronavirus cases among various nationalities, all of whom are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care, taking to 13,599 the total number of infections in the country,” she added.

“Thanks to the efforts of all those working at the country’s healthcare sector, thousands of tests are being conducted on a daily basis,” she said, noting that the past two weeks saw an average of 29,000 screenings daily.

Al Shamsi announced the death of eight patients from COVID-19, taking the total number of deaths to 119, expressing her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to all patients.

In the meantime, Dr Al Shamsi underlined the UAE government’s keenness to prioritise the people of determination while providing various health, and social services.

“Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, a home testing programme for the people of determination has been launched recently,” she noted, explaining that the programme targets various ages, including Emiratis and residents, who find difficulties in reaching out to screening centres nationwide.

“The programme, which started two weeks ago, results in the detection of 22 COVID-19 cases among people of determination,” she added, calling on the parents and families of the people of determination to “benefit from the services provided through the pioneering programme.”

The families of the people of determination can easily request the programme teams to come to their houses through the following number 02-5968689 from 9.00 a.m. through 4 p.m., Al Shamsi explained.

For her part, Alkaabi, who is also an assistant researcher at the stem cells programme, elaborated on the potential stem cell therapy, announced by the UAE yesterday.

“In response to the directives of the UAE leadership to dedicate all possible human and technological resources to the efforts being made nationwide to confront the COVID-19 crisis, the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center conducted medical experiments on cell therapy, regenerative medicine and cutting-edge research on stem cells with encouraging results.

“We, at ADSCC, are proud of developing a supportive treatment for COVID-19. The new therapy, which is the first of its kind in the UAE’s history, is still under clinical trials. Therefore, it is important to drive home the fact that the new potential therapy is a supportive treatment that rather helps Coronavirus patients overcome the symptoms of the virus. However, it does not kill the virus on its own. A total of 28 researchers and specialists have collaboratively worked on developing this breakthrough treatment which is a source of inspiration and pride for all of us,” she explained.

“Stems cells have been used for more than 30 years as a supportive therapy for several illnesses, including leukemia, and immunodeficiency disorders,” she said.

Elaborating on the new supportive treatment, Alkaabi said: “We have isolated a type of primitive stem cells, called embryonic stem cell, which researchers think carry regenerative potential. They belong to that type of cells that are capable of regenerating damaged cells to reduce lung inflammation resulting from COVID-19, and thereby can help these cells to self-regenerate.

“The advantage provided by these cells is that they don’t require surgical intervention as is the case with other types of stem cells. They require a blood sample to be taken from the patient with the therapy to be inhaled into the lungs without surgical intervention. After a blood sample has been taken, the cells therein are subjected to a biological chemical process where the platelets responsible for growth are used to activate these cells so that we can get them inhaled back into the lungs.”

She added that a total of 73 patients, in the mild to critical bracket, have undergone the stem cell treatment trials so far, 25 percent of whom had been under intensive care. “We did the first trial on April 4th and we are now close to completing the compilation of all needed data to perform more comparative trials.

“The more patients we can try the treatment on, the faster we will decide how efficient the treatment is. We will compare the conditions of the patients who’ve received the supportive treatment with those who have not received. Health and safety are always placed on top of our priorities. The next step will be toward applying the treatment on a larger scale,” she added.

Dr Alawi Al Sheikh responded to queries on why some people are more susceptible to the infection than others, saying: “The human body have receptors that act like gates allowing certain material to enter human body. At the respiratory system, these receptors are called ACE2 which allow the virus to enter. The virus that causes Covid-19 can latch onto the ACE2 receptor undetected. The adaptive immune system – the part that creates antibodies that help identify pathogens quickly- hasn’t had a chance to learn what SARS-CoV-2 looks like yet.”

This means the virus can use a molecular phishing scam to sneak into the cell. The immunity system then doubles efforts to fight the virus, which in turn increases the infection symptoms and prolong the disease period. A team of researchers from the Research Institute of Medical & Health Sciences (RIMHS) at the University of Sharjah in collaboration with the medical team at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences, are studying this issue.

“The study is focused on why COVID-19 spreads less among children comparatively with the elderly people and those suffering from chronic diseases. The study concluded that the children’s lung and nose cells have less receptors than those in the body of the elderly and that the limited number of these cells limit the spread of the disease among the minors who only exhibit mild symptoms if they happen to be infected,” he elaborated.

The number of these receptors increase among smokers and those with respiratory diseases, the study found out.

“Another study by researchers from the Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences and Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital along with Sharjah University have found out that these cells are larger in number among those suffering obesity,” he added.

Khalifa University along with relevant authorities are working on a project to detect the existence of the virus in the sanitary water.

“The scheme is aimed at detecting the virus in an early stage in a way that supports the efforts made by R&D departments to assess the percentage and direction of the virus spread in the country,” he explained.

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Ministry of Health announces 26,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 557 new cases, 114 recoveries and six deaths

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ABU DHABI, 30th April, 2020 (WAM) — In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase the number of COVID-19 tests throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had prior contact with infected individuals, the Ministry has conducted 26,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 557 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 13,038.

The new cases in question are all undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

The Ministry also announced the death of six patients 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 111.

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 114 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,543.

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.

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