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Recoveries rise to 2,329 and 549 people test positive for COVID-19

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ABU DHABI, 29th April, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced on Wednesday that 148 patients had fully recovered from COVID-19 after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,329.

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

Dr. Al Shamsi noted that recovered cases constitute 20 percent of all infections in the country.

”We are optimistic that with the dedication of frontline doctors and paramedics who use the most advanced methods of treatment, we will soon have more recovered patients,” she affirmed.

She said an additional 26,195 COVID-19 tests were performed, leading to the detection of 549 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 11,929, including cases receiving treatment, recoveries, and deaths. 9,502 patients are still receiving treatment.

According to Dr. Al Shamsi, the rate of infection does not exceed 0.12 percent of the population of the UAE. ”We reassure the general public that we will spare no effort to address this crisis and curb the spread of the virus,” she noted.

Dr. Al Shamsi also announced that nine people from various nationalities who tested positive for COVID-19 died due to complications, bringing the total death toll to 98. In her remarks, she offered sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.

Speaking about the long-term side effects of the virus after recovery, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, explained that some studies show COVID-19 has lasting effects on recovered patients. However, she noted, very few cases were in a critical condition and placed in intensive care.

”COVID-19 side effects could damage the lungs. Some recovered patients have experienced pulmonary dysfunction and could not perform usual activities, such as walking for long distances, and have shortness of breath,” she said.

Dr. Al Hosani advised recovered patients to perform exercise like swimming to stimulate the cardiovascular system and adopt a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a nutritious diet and refraining from smoking.

Regarding the possibility of reinfection after recovery, Dr. Al Hosani affirmed that there were no studies on the matter, and research is ongoing.

”The UAE did not record any such case, but there were some cases in other countries because such cases may not have recovered completely or were not subject to thorough testing before leaving the hospital to ensure they were asymptomatic,” she remarked.

In general, she continued, the effects of infection may vary case-by-case depending on the strength of one’s immune system and lifestyle.

Discussing minor and critical cases, Dr. Al Hosani said that the majority of cases do not exhibit symptoms, noting that some may have a slight fever, cough, or sore throat, while others could temporarily lose their sense of smell and taste.

Dr. Al Hosani explained the various stages of infection, stating, “The first stage is the incubation period, when the virus enters the cells of certain parts of the body, such as the throat, trachea, and lungs. This is the period between infection and the onset of symptoms. During this period, a person does not feel sick and may not develop any symptoms at all. The incubation period varies from person to person but ranges from one to 14 days, with an average of five days.”

Following this stage, a minor illness could develop, which may be accompanied by the aforementioned symptoms that can be treated by bedrest and a high liquid intake. The patient does not need hospital care at this time, she added.

Dr. Al Hosani said that a small percentage of people develop severe symptoms, including inflammation of the lungs, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties, adding that during this stage, some patients require medical intervention on a ventilator, especially those suffering from chronic diseases or those who are smokers or elderly, with a few developing other complications.

Dr. Al Hosani also affirmed that while many infected people may not show any symptoms and their condition will not require hospitalisation, they can spread the infection to others.

“Therefore, we constantly stress the necessity of following all preventative measures, as well as the importance of self-quarantine and wearing face masks. Although restrictions have been relaxed and we can go outside if necessary, this does not mean that we can be negligent because prevention is mandatory for every individual to protect themselves and those around them. With awareness and a commitment to responsibly following instructions, we can all succeed,” she added.

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Ministry of Health announces 25,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 541 new cases, 91 recoveries and seven deaths

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ABU DHABI, 28th 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 contact with already infected cases, the Ministry has conducted 25,000 additional tests. Testing resulted in the detection of 541 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 11,380.

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 89. 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 revealed that 91 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,181. The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, especially concerning social distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.

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COVID-19 recoveries increase to 2,090 in UAE, 490 new cases identified

ABU DHABI, 27th April, 2020 (WAM) — Following the complete recovery of 112 patients, the total number of patients in the country who recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 2,090, announced Dr. Amna Al Dahhak Al Shamsi, Official Spokesperson for the UAE government.

Dr. Al Shamsi made the announcement during the UAE Government’s regular briefing on the latest developments related to the spread of coronavirus in the country, which was held today in Abu Dhabi, along with Brig. Dr. Ali Singel, General Health Advisor for Dubai Police.

2,090 recoveries in the country Dr. Al Shamsi revealed the plan to continue expanding testing for COVID-19 in the country. The health sector conducted 29,984 new COVID-19 tests, resulting in the detection of 490 new cases across various nationalities. The total number of cases in the country has now reached 10,839. The number of new COVID-19 patients, who are still receiving medical treatment, is 8,667 across different nationalities.

The new cases were identified after the ministry intensified screening for COVID-19 and expanded testing among those who were in contact with the previously confirmed patients, said MoHAP in a statement this evening.

The ministry also announced that there were six deaths across various nationalities, taking the number of deaths in the country to 82. She offered her heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed to Allah the Almighty to grant them solace and patience.

Control system for food processing facilities During the briefing, Dr. Al Shamsi stressed that the UAE had takes steps to ensure food safety across all stages from production to distribution and that all food processing facilities such as restaurants, bakeries, etc. are subject to a government food safety control system that requires the presence of an accredited health supervisor.

Employees at food processing facilities are required to obtain training certificates approved by food safety departments in the municipalities of the country, the most important of which is the “HACCP” certificate, which guarantees the safety of the food industry and confirms that it is completely free from all kinds of pollutants.

She indicated that such health and safety control systems for food do not apply to meals that are cooked at home and that exchanging meals among families in different homes is not recommended during these times, to ensure the safety and health of everyone and avoid infection through the tools and utensils used.

Dr. Al Shamsi noted that the distribution of meals cooked at home to individuals in the community is not allowed and that it is necessary to communicate with charitable organisations in the country that safely handle the cooking and distribution of food to hundreds of persons during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Precautionary measures and employment support in the UAE Dr. Al Shamsi affirmed that the UAE is a nation of tolerance, brotherhood and giving, and is home to more than 200 nationalities. When it was seen that a large segment of labourers was affected by the precautionary measures, dozens of federal and local government departments, in implementation of the directives of our wise leadership, were keen to mitigate the repercussions and provide them with all kinds of material support and care.

The government departments concerned with employment in the UAE launched awareness campaigns that included lectures and workshops in different languages on the prevention of the coronavirus, methods of transmission and how to protect themselves and other health advice.

Awareness leaflets were also distributed to workers and educational films in several languages were shown on how to comply with health procedures and public health rules while emphasising the importance of hygiene and sterilisation.

The precautionary and preventive measures required restrictions on the movement of some workers, and government and charitable organisations unified efforts to ensure the living and health requirements at their places of residence, including distributing hundreds of sterilisers and face masks, as well as food supplies and integrated food bags.

Dr. Al Shamsi also mentioned that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Food Bank, directed the implementation of the “10 Million Meals” campaign, the UAE’s biggest community campaign, which enables individuals and institutions to make financial and in-kind donations towards providing food support in the form of 10 million meals or food parcels during Ramadan to financially distressed people amid the outbreak of the virus.

The authorities were also keen to carry out inspection visits to the residential complexes of workers and to ensure their commitment to complying with the precautionary measures, the cleanliness and sterilisation of cooking places and dining halls, and inspection visits to shops and clinics frequented by the workers, as well as the buses used to take them to their work sites.

Dr. Amna highlighted the UAE government’s keenness to protect the health of workers, by offering them testing, treatment and basic health services, and obligating companies and business owners to provide them with health insurance and cover diagnosis and treatment expenses.

The UAE Government will also cover the diagnostic and treatment costs of workers suffering from coronavirus, and the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, announced that it will fully support people infected with the virus and their families, as well as the families of those who died killed of the disease, she added.

She also explained that the UAE is one of the first Arab countries to implement a series of regulatory measures to manage the relationship between employers and workers to safeguard the rights of both parties, in light of the repercussions of the crisis, noting that Emirati law requires employers to pay the required amount of money to terminated employees and buy their return tickets.

Healthy lifestyle in the new coronavirus era Brigadier Dr. Ali Singel, General Health Adviser for Dubai Police, reviewed several health advisories, in light of the current circumstances the world is going through, stressing that health is a crown on the heads of people, which only the sick can see. “The study has shown that living a healthy life can help the elderly avoid illness and infection. This is what we observed during the coronavirus crisis when many healthy old people overcame the virus more effectively” Dr. Singel said.

Only four out of every 1,000 people practicing a healthy lifestyle suffered from illness “Excess weight exposes a person to future diseases. We noticed that children suffer from obesity due to excessive eating and lack of exercise. If we do not monitor their actions and their promises to be active and eat healthily, they can be exposed to chronic diseases, such as diabetes,” Dr. Singel added.

“For example, those suffering from obesity and chronic diseases are more likely to deteriorate in health if infected by the coronavirus while those leading a healthy lifestyle are more resistant and recover faster,” he further added.

Singel noted that only four out of every 1,000 people who exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle suffer from complications caused by the disease and deaths caused by chronic diseases are linked to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Smokers vulnerable to complications caused by coronavirus Dr. Singel also said that smoking is very harmful to health, especially for the respiratory system. “We noticed that many young people are watching “El-Madawekh” on YouTube excessively, and sometimes psychological pressures can make people increase smoking, and their families may be exposed to second-hand smoke. We also noticed that many coronavirus patients that experienced complications were smokers,” he further added.

Stress, fear weaken the immune system Dr. Singel explained that stress, fear, anxiety and panic affect the body and cause symptoms such as headaches, a high heart rate and shortness of breath. “Therefore, caution is required. Fear must be rejected, as it weakens the immune system. With caution, wisdom and peace of mind, immunity is strengthened. To counter any infection, we need a strong immune system, and most people with strong immunity rarely have any symptoms,” he continued.

Excessive eating can negatively affect digestive system, body as a whole In the same context, Dr. Singel said, “A healthy, balanced and high-fibre diet, such as one with vegetables, fruits and seeds, and avoiding sugars and fats will considerably strengthen the body and make it healthier and resistant to diseases. During the pandemic, we must eat moderately, because excessive eating can negatively affect the body.”

Dr. Singel also emphasised that exercise is necessary and every person is different from another and is suited to certain exercises, adding that the correct exercise will strengthen the body and promote blood circulation and immunity, and an athletic person is more resistant to infections, so everyone should exercise.

Anger, anxiety and other psychological issues also matter, as they damage the mind and heart and affect the body and cause negative side effects, such as hormonal imbalances and breathing difficulties, he added, noting that anyone suffering from constant stress is likely to suffer from infections because their immune system is weaker.

He also explained that sleep is important, and every person must get enough hours of sleep, adding that a lack of sleep is an enemy of the body and can make a person lose focus, therefore, weakening the body and immunity and exposing a person to infection.

Dr. Singel stressed that society as a whole has a major role in maintaining the health systems of all countries during the coronavirus pandemic and individuals are required to adhere to instructions for the safety of everyone because health is an integrated system between the service provider and its recipients.

“Awareness is required and society must promote health awareness. We, as a family, must sit together and decide our future priorities, and our country needs us,” Dr. Singel said in conclusion.

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UAE leaders congratulate Tanzanian President on Union Day

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ABU DHABI, 26th April, 2020 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory message to President John Magufuli of Tanzania on the occasion of his country’s Union Day celebrations, marked annually on 26th April.

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 Magufuli. Their Highnesses also sent congratulatory messages to Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

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MoHAP conducts over 35,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 536 new cases, 91 recoveries, five deaths

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ABU DHABI, 26th April, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE has conducted over 35,000 additional COVID-19 tests among UAE citizens and residents over the past few days in line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s (MoHaP) plans to intensify screening of the virus in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

According to a statement by MoHAP today, the accelerated investigative measures resulted in the detection of 536 new coronavirus cases among various nationalities, all of whom are receiving the necessary medical care. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 10,349 to date.

The Ministry also announced the death of five patients from COVID-19. The deceased are of various nationalities and suffered from pre-existing chronic illnesses. The total number of deaths has now reached 76.

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 91 new cases after receiving the necessary treatment, taking the total number of recoveries in the UAE to 1,978.

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MoHaP, NCEMA issue guidelines on visits, exercise during Ramadan in compliance with National Disinfection Programme

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ABU DHABI, 24th April, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHaP, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, have announced a set of social and health guidelines pursuant to yesterday’s decision to amend the National Disinfection Programme.

The new guidelines include conditions for visits and exercise during the holy month of Ramadan.

In a joint circular today, MoHaP and NCEMA detailed the following guidelines: First, on allowing first and second degree relatives to visit while avoiding inviting those susceptible to infection, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Second, the number of people present in a place at any one time may not exceed 5 individuals.

Third, the elderly, sick, and those with chronic health conditions are not allowed to leave home in order to ensure their safety.

Fourth, gatherings are not allowed in public or private places.

Fifth, tents and Ramadan majalis, both at home and in public places, are banned.

Sixth, it is prohibited to distribute food to individuals except in a collective manner under the supervision of charities and relevant government agencies.

Seventh, concerning exercising, the Ministry and the Authority recommend the following: – Exercise should take place near one’s home (walking, running, and cycling) for up to two hours, with a maximum of three people at any one time, taking into consideration the relevant preventative measures, including maintaining a distance of two metres between each other and wearing masks.

Eighth, food should not be exchanged between residents of different homes.

Ninth, in the event that food is received from relatives or friends in the vicinity of one’s home, the appropriate handling of food in disposable sealed bowls must be ensured.

Tenth, congregational prayers, including Taraweeh, are permissible at home, provided that the worshippers are members of the same family residing in the same place.

Eleventh, for domestic helpers: – Domestic helpers are prohibited from meeting anyone outside the home. They also cannot receive food from an unknown source. They should be provided with the necessary protective equipment should they need to interact with people from outside. They must also be advised on the necessary precautions to follow in the event of receiving any parcels or goods from delivery services.

In all cases, compliance with the relevant precautionary procedures should be ensured, including constant hand washing with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds, and avoiding hand-to-face contact in order to prevent infection.

MoHaP and NCEMA also affirmed that these measures come in observance of the social customs and traditions associated with the holy month of Ramadan to ensure public safety and health.

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UAE leaders receive Ramadan greetings from Arab and Muslim leaders

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ABU DHABI, 24th April 2020 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has received congratulatory messages from Their Highnesses and Majesties, Presidents, Kings and leaders of Arab and Muslim countries, on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

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, also received similar messages marking the occasion.

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Abdullah bin Zayed , Indian Minister of External Affairs review global fight against COVID-19

ABU DHABI, 24th April, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has re-affimred the UAE’s determination to foster the long-standing partnership ties between UAE and India in various fields.

This came in a phone call with Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India, wherein the two top diplomats reviewed the global fight against COVID-19 with special emphasis on Asia and the two nations’ efforts to combat the novel virus.

They agreed on the importance of accelerating coronavirus containment efforts and to resume flights between the two friendly countries the soonest possible, with Sheikh Abdullah hailing the precautionary measures taken by India to bring the infection under control.

“The economic and trade relations between the UAE and India are steadily growing and have not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the continued coordination between the two friendly nations regarding the crisis.

The Indian minister underscored the importance of continuing the cooperation between India and UAE under the current testing times to dampen the repercussions of the endemic, saying that India will work to establish an open trade market with all its partners.

He lauded the effective precautionary measures taken by the UAE to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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Ministry of Health conducts over 32,000 additional COVID-19 tests; announces 525 new cases, 123 recoveries, eight deaths

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ABU DHABI, 24th April, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE has conducted over 32,000 additional COVID-19 tests 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 525 new coronavirus cases among various nationalities, all of whom are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care, taking to 9,281 the total number of infections in the country, according to a MoHaP statement today.

The Ministry also announced the death of eight patients from COVID-19. The deceased are of various nationalities and suffered from pre-existing chronic illnesses. The total number of deaths has now reached 64.

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 123 new cases after receiving the necessary treatment, taking to 1,760 the total of those now recovered from the virus in the UAE.

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Mohamed bin Zayed exchanges Ramadan greetings with Arab leaders

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ABU DHABI, 23rd April 2020 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in telephone calls, has exchanged greetings with a number of leaders on the occasion of Ramadan.

He exchanged the greetings with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Emir of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, HM King Abdulla II of Jordan, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el Sisi, Iraqi President Barham Ahmed Salih, President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani of Mauritania, General Abdul Fattah Al Burhan, Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of Kuwait, Dr. Abdulla Hamdok, Prime Minister of Sudan, and Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He also extended sincere congratulations and best wishes for further progress and prosperity for the leaders and their countries.

The leaders also wished for continued good health for H.H. Sheikh Khalifa, and for sustained prosperity for Arab and Muslim nations.

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Hamdan bin Zayed congratulates President, VP and Mohamed bin Zayed on Holy Month of Ramadan

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ABU DHABI, 23rd April 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

He also congratulated Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers, on the occasion of Ramadan, wishing them a month full of goodness and love.

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Tahnoun bin Mohammed congratulates President, VP and Mohamed bin Zayed on Holy Month of Ramadan

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AL AIN, 23rd April 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region, congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

He also congratulated Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers, on the occasion of Ramadan, wishing them a month full of goodness and love.

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UAE leaders congratulate Arab and Islamic nations on advent of Ramadan

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ABU DHABI, 23rd April 2020 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has offered heartfelt greetings and best wishes to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Sheikh Mohamed also offered greetings to Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and Their Highnesses the Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers on the occasion.

Sheikh Mohamed also extended Ramadan greetings to all doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare workers who are on the frontline of the nation’s defence against the spread of coronavirus and prayed that their efforts and hard work will contribute to protecting the community.

He also congratulated the heroes of the UAE Armed Forces as they perform their sacred duty of protecting their homeland and to the citizens and residents of the UAE.

Sheikh Mohamed congratulated Emiratis and residents on the occasion and wished permanent security, safety and prosperity to the homeland.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also extended greetings to kings, leaders and peoples of the Arab and Islamic nations on the occasion and wished further development for their countries.

He expressed the hope that the global efforts will result in defeating the coronavirus and that life will be back to normal soon.

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UAE leaders congratulate Arab and Islamic nations on advent of Ramadan

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ABU DHABI, 23rd April, 2020 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent congratulatory messages to the Kings, Emirs and Presidents of Arab and Islamic nations, on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa wished the leaders and their people continued good health and well-being, and further progress and prosperity for Arab and Islamic nations.

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 Arab and Muslim leaders on the occasion.

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Timings of National Disinfection Programme during Ramadan, starting on first of holy month, to be from 10 PM to 6 AM, food outlets and pharmacies to remain open round clock

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ABU DHABI, 23rd April, 2020 (WAM) — On the occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan, it has been decided to amend the timing of the National Disinfection Programme from the previous 8 PM-6 AM time slot to 10 PM-6 AM.

The new timing will come into effect from the first day of Ramadan.

The change in timing comes at the decision of the Ministries of Health and Prevention and Interior and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, which aim to facilitate normal activity for citizens and residents during the holy month.

Food outlets, cooperative societies, groceries, supermarkets, and pharmacies will continue to be allowed to operate around the clock during Ramadan. Fish, meat, vegetable and fruit shops, mills, roasteries, slaughterhouses, nuts, pastry, and chocolate shops, as well as tea and coffee shops, will be allowed to operate from 6 AM to 10 PM.

The Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority stressed that the outlets allowed to operate should adhere to all health and safety guidelines issued by the relevant authorities. These include not allowing customers beyond 30 percent of the total capacity, maintenance of a distance of at least two metres between two customers, and avoidance of any type of crowding in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Ministries of Health and Prevention and Interior and NCEMA called upon all members of the public to fully comply with the adjusted timing in the interest of the greater good of the country and its citizens, residents, and visitors.

They also called upon the public to comply with all precautionary and preventative measures, such as not leaving the home except to buy food or medicine or to obtain medical care or work in vital sectors previously identified by the relevant authorities.

The public should take into consideration official medical advice, as well as the directives issued by the UAE Fatwa Council, particularly on performing prayers at home and treating health and safety precautions as a national and religious obligation.

The authorities also stressed the need to avoid public gatherings, family visits, and group Iftar feasts during the blessed month of Ramadan to ensure the health and safety of all. They also called upon the public to practise social distancing, wear face masks and gloves while going out, and adhere to all other preventative measures.

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Ministry of Health conducts 29,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 518 new cases, 91 recoveries, and 4 deaths

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ABU DHABI, 23rd April, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention has conducted over 29,000 additional COVID-19 tests among citizens and residents, resulting in the detection of 518 new cases among various nationalities. The total number of cases in the UAE has now reached 8,756.

The Ministry also announced the full recovery of 91 patients after receiving the necessary medical care. The total number of recoveries has now reached 1,637. The death of four patients was also announced. The individuals in question all suffered from chronic illnesses. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the UAE has now reached 56.

Increased testing comes in furtherance of the Ministry’s policy to promote the early detection of infections, especially among those who were exposed to previously confirmed cases.

The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. It also wished a speedy recovery to all patients and called upon the general public to strictly adhere to preventative measures out of concern for the health and safety of all.

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UAE announces rise in COVID-19 recoveries to 1,546, over 31,000 additional tests conducted, 483 new cases identified

ABU DHABI, 22nd April, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced that an additional 103 patients had recovered from the coronavirus after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries to 1,546.

During the regular media briefing held today in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson of the UAE health sector, said that some 31,809 additional tests were conducted across various emirates, leading to the identification of 483 new cases among various nationalities and bringing the total number of cases in the country to 8,238.

Dr. Al Hosani also announced the death of six people from different nationalities, bringing the number of deaths to 52. She offered her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished them peace during this challenging time.

“This year, the holy month of Ramadan will be different in light of the circumstances the UAE and the whole world are currently experiencing. The public’s health is a priority, and therefore it is necessary to avoid some social customs usually practiced during the holy month,” she stated.

She continued by saying that it is important to avoid gathering around the Iftar table, sharing food with neighbours, and gathering with friends for Suhoor during this year’s Ramadan. Dr. Al Hosani noted that though the month may feel difficult without customary family visits and gatherings, it provides an opportunity to adopt positive behaviours like a healthy diet, exercise, self-development, spending time with one’s children, and most importantly, worshipping and caring for oneself and others.

Dr. Al Hosani also said that the positive habits of giving and caring for others in the UAE would continue during the holy month of Ramadan by way of applications and smart solutions provided by the relevant authorities.

“During the holy month, it is important to continue upholding preventative measures like social distancing, disinfecting surfaces, washing hands with water and soap, and avoiding gatherings,” she concluded.

During the briefing, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Shamsi, spokesman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, highlighted new programmes and initiatives to be implemented during Ramadan.

“The holy month of Ramadan comes this year while we go through exceptional times, and as a result, we have launched a number of initiatives in collaboration with governmental authorities,” he said.

Keen to continue operations at the Remote Quran Centres during the holy month, the GAIAE will use smart systems to offer four virtual classes for memorisation and recitation of the Holy Quran, including a dedicated class for people of determination.

Al Shamsi also noted that the GAIAE would facilitate Quran memorisation services for those who are not enrolled in Quran Centres through a smart platform that operates at flexible times. He added that those who are interested to learn more can register through the Authority’s website or its smart application.

He also pointed out that the GAIAE would provide remote lectures through three main services, broadcast religious awareness programmes on different radio and TV stations, and offer lectures, classes, and courses through live videos on Instagram Live.

The third new service focuses on providing support and comfort to bereaved families through a remote programme.

According to Al Shamsi, the Centre’s services will include an Instagram Live-enabled Fatwa Majlis, as well as daily radio programmes dedicated to fatwa on fasting in Arabic, English, and Urdu.

A hotline for fatwa support services for frontline healthcare workers will be dedicated to answering their religious queries.

Additionally, the GAIAE will host a number of virtual seminars on cultural, scientific, and national topics during Ramadan. It will also release an awareness pamphlet entitled: “Stay Home in the Month of Giving,” which contains innovative ideas to make the most of the holy month.

Essa Al Hashemi, spokesman of the Emirates Food Security Council, affirmed that the UAE enjoys an integrated food security ecosystem that is capable of addressing and responding to the needs of the community.

“A wider team of all ministries, federal entities, and private sector bodies is working on this critical sector to ensure that all food commodities are available in the UAE market. We continue to secure food supplies from local production and imports,” he said.

“We also closely monitor developments in the country’s food trade and supplies to take all necessary precautions and address potential changes. Despite the exceptional circumstances that the UAE and world are facing, the value and volume of our food and beverage imports and exports remain the same as last year,” he added.

Al Hashemi revealed that the total volume of imported food during the first quarter of 2020 stood at 3.5 million tonnes, valued at AED 13 billion, while food exports reached 918,000 tonnes at a value of AED 3.7 billion. Food re-exports accounted for 455,000 tonnes.

He also said that food consumption per capita in the UAE remained steady at 700 kilogrammes a year. He detailed the distribution of consumed food, saying 4 percent is made up of fish products, 29 percent is animal products and by-products, 32 percent is field crops and cereals, 21 percent is fruits, and 14 percent vegetables.

He underscored that the Emirates Food Security Council is working with all partners to ensure the availability of all basic commodities, especially those associated with the holy month, at all points of sale.

“We are ready to deal with any changes and provide solutions that guarantee food market stability at all times,” he concluded.

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Abdullah bin Zayed underlines UAE’s support for African countries to weather coronavirus crisis

ABU DHABI, 21st April, 2020 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, reviewed the Afro-UAE cooperation ties and efforts made across the African continent in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This came in a phone call with Moussa Faki Mahamat, the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, with whom the UAE’s top diplomat discussed prospects of standing by all African nations to survive the repercussions of the coronavirus crisis.

The two sides reviews ways of facilitating the dispatch of medical supplies and techniques to various African countries to help them take the necessary preventive and precautionary measures and attend to the novel virus patients.

Affirming the UAE’s support for all African countries in their efforts to weather the crisis, Sheikh Abdullah said: “The coronavirus pandemic entails concerted efforts and global synergy to protect the entire world against this crisis and its fallout.”

 

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Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed visits two of three field hospitals launched by SEHA in Abu Dhabi, Dubai to strengthen medical care in face of COVID-19

ABU DHABI, 21st April, 2020 (WAM) — In line with the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, has established three field hospitals in the UAE as it continues to play an integral role on the frontlines of the nation’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, visited the field hospitals in the Emirates Humanitarian City located in Mohammed bin Zayed city in Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center, to explore the facilities’ readiness and medical equipment and ensure the community has access to quality healthcare services, complementing the existing structure with additional resources to meet all healthcare needs in light of the current situation.

Sheikh Khalid viewed the development of the field hospital in Emirates Humanitarian City, which spans over 29,000 square meters. The construction of the field hospital will be finalized by the first week of May and will be managed by a medical team of 200 healthcare professionals, with a capacity to serve 1,200 patients.

He was briefed on the advancements in the field hospital in the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center, which is spread across 31,000 square meters, has capacity to cater to 1,000 patients and is staffed by a medical team of 150 healthcare professionals.

The third field hospital in Dubai Parks and Resorts, with a space of 29,000 square meters, will be ready by the end of April and will be operated by a medical team of 200 healthcare professionals, serving 1,200 patients.

The establishment of the three field hospitals is aligned with the nation’s vision to expand the number of medical facilities and be equipped to care for patients with COVID-19, strengthening the healthcare sector’s capabilities and preparedness for current and future challenges through the provision of world-class care that meet and exceed international standards.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said: “The UAE’s leadership are paving the way to make sure all necessary precautions and measures are in place as we face the current pandemic. We will overcome this challenging time by joining efforts and working together, as seen over the last month. The healthcare sector has received support from all ends to continue playing a pivotal role in protecting the health and safety of the community and proudly leading the fight against COVID-19.”

“We are proud to partner with the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as we continue to ensure the healthcare sector’s absolute readiness to meet the needs of the community and provide quality healthcare services,” he continued.

Salem Al Noaimi, Chairman of SEHA, said: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve both globally and here in the Emirates, it is imperative that we have a high level of preparedness, in line with the vision of our leadership. It is more important now than ever that we work together in the fight against the pandemic, collaborating with other entities and leveraging our collective strengths for the sole priority of protecting our community. We are extremely grateful to all our partners including ADNEC, Emirates Humanitarian City and Dubai Parks and Resorts to have generously entrusted their facilities and spaces to the nation.”

“It is important to emphasise that the establishment of the new field hospitals is not a response to existing demand, but instead is a precautionary measure to ensure that we have the capabilities to care for each and every patient in the event we are faced with an influx of positive coronavirus cases,” Al Noaimi continues.

The field hospital in Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center was built in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and in adherence to international standards. This co-operation demonstrates the strength of partnership between SEHA and ADNEC, as subsidiaries of ADQ.

To ensure world-class patient experience, the new ADNEC field hospital includes quarantine patient rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, recreational facilities which will enable patients to look after their health and fitness needs, and free high-speed internet services along with a personal iPad for each patient and shared TVs hosting various films and programs. Patients will also be given the opportunity to participate in engaging activities organized by ADNEC during their stay.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO, ADNEC said: “Under the direction of the UAE’s leadership and in support of their efforts in combating the virus, we entrust our assets to the nation with the vision that all patients are cared for appropriately during their journey to recovery. The health and wellbeing of the people of the UAE is our shared responsibility, and we are prepared to play our part. In this regard, two of ADNEC’s facilities; one in the UAE and one in London, have been transformed to field hospitals, thanks to their availability and flexibility to be adapted in record time. We are honored to partner with SEHA and the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi to launch the field hospitals as an effective addition to the country’s initiatives to safeguard our community, and thank all those involved in the nation’s response to COVID-19.”

Dr Aref Al Shehhi, Group Senior Advisor, SEHA said: “As the backbone of the healthcare system in Abu Dhabi with a depth of experience and legacy in advanced care, SEHA has been leading the battle against COVID-19. The establishment of three field hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai is the latest in a series of numerous strategic initiatives introduced by the network, including the designation of Al Rahba and Al Ain Hospitals as facilities to exclusively treat and quarantine coronavirus patients.”

Other initiatives introduced by SEHA in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak include the roll-out of 14 drive-through testing facilities across the nation, under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, introducing the Telemedicine Virtual Outpatient Clinic which has completed over 28,000 virtual consultations, easy access to medication through the launch of a medication home delivery service that has delivered over 3,500 prescriptions to patient homes and additional deliveries to cars parked outside Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, and establishing a dedicated WhatsApp hotline to respond to the community’s coronavirus-related concerns or enquiries.

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UAE conducts 30,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 490 new cases, 83 recoveries, and 3 deaths

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ABU DHABI, 21st April, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention has conducted over 30,000 additional COVID-19 tests among citizens and residents over the past few days, resulting in the detection of 490 new cases.

The Ministry also announced the full recovery of 83 patients after receiving the necessary medical care and the death of three Asian nationals. The total number of recoveries has now reached 1,443.

Speaking at the UAE’s regular media briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, spokesperson for the UAE health sector, stressed the importance of increased testing to ensure the early detection of infections, particularly among those exposed to previously confirmed cases.

Dr. Al Hosani added that the new cases were among individuals of various nationalities and that they were all in a stable condition and receiving the necessary medical care. The total number of patients infected with COVID-19 in the UAE has now reached 7,755.

She also announced the death of three Asian individuals.

Dr. Al Hosani offered her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished them peace during this challenging time. To date, 46 individuals have succumbed to complications arising from coronavirus infections. The majority also suffered from chronic illnesses.

She wished a speedy recovery to all infected patients and called upon the general public to strictly adhere to preventative measures out of concern for the health and safety of all.

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