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Mohamed bin Zayed, French President discuss developing strategic partnership

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ABU DHABI, 12th June, 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 reviewed ways of further developing the strategic partnership between UAE and France over a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The two leaders discussed the latest developments in the region, with a special emphasis on the Libyan crisis. They agreed on the importance of resolving the crisis through peaceful means and expressed their support for the recent Cairo Declaration calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and resuming the political consultations to put an end to the ongoing military conflict.

They also concurred on the importance of all parties showing full commitment to the political process under the auspices of the UN and the Berlin Conference on Libya in a way that ensures the country’s unity, preserves its resources, and guarantees its people’s rights to development, stability and peace. They also welcomed the resumption of dialogue between the disputing parties in Libya as part of the Libyan Joint Military Commission.

The two leaders also exchanged views over the latest developments in the Gulf region, Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea. The global fight against COVID-19 pandemic and the two countries’ efforts to contain its fallout on various fronts were discussed as well during the call.

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MoHAP conducts over 43,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 304 new cases, 701 recoveries, one death

ABU DHABI, 14th June, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Sunday that it conducted over 43,000 additional COVID-19 tests.

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 304 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 42,294.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and are 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 289, 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 701 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 27,462.

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MoHAP conducts over 40,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 491 new cases, 815 recoveries, one death

ABU DHABI, 13th June, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Saturday that it conducted over 40,000 additional COVID-19 tests.

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 491 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 41,990.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and are 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 288, 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 815 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 26,761.

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Mohamed bin Zayed says ‘global cooperation and leadership’ must take precedence in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

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ABU DHABI, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, stated that ”Our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, laid out a pioneering vision for the UAE, grounded in the values of cooperation, human development and sustainability.” This vision, and the UAE’s role as a globally engaged nation, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said has never been more critical as the international community comes together to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

”Global cooperation and leadership must take precedence as we work together to recover from the health and economic impact caused by the coronavirus. The challenges society now faces underscores the belief that global investors such as Mubadala Investment Company perform an even more vital role in driving positive change through investing at home and internationally for a sustainable future,” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in his foreword to the Mubadala’s 2019 Annual Review.

”Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Mubadala has helped build our non-oil economy, expanded our global presence, and cultivated a new generation of Emirati leaders. Our national vision for the next fifty years is even more ambitious and will see Mubadala investing and partnering at the leading edge of global growth and innovation to create opportunities for future generations.” In doing so, Sheikh Mohammed added, Mubadala will continue to be a reliable and resilient investment partner to the world, creating value where it operates and investing across sectors that enable global progress.

He further added,”2019 was a pivotal year for Mubadala, and we are deeply proud of its evolution and stature as a trusted and future-focused organisation.” ”We would not have achieved such growth and success without the continued hard work and commitment of every single Mubadala employee and their colleagues within our global network of partners. It is a reminder that Mubadala’s greatest strength and vast potential will always be its people,” said His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in conclusion.

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Kuwait announces 609 new COVID-19 cases

KUWAIT, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — Kuwait on Thursday reported 609 new coronavirus, COVID-19, infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 34,432, while four more deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities up to 279.

Health Ministry spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad was quoted by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, as saying that 2,771 noting that the whole figure of the examinations reached 327,144.

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India records highest single-day spike of 9,996 coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — India on Thursday recorded the highest single-day spike of 9,996 more COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 286,579, Asian News International, ANI, reported.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the number of new deaths reached 357, bringing the death toll to 8,102.

Out of the total number of cases, 137,448 are active, while 141,029 have been discharged or have migrated so far.

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Russia rolls out first approved COVID-19 drug as infections pass 500,000

MOSCOW, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — Russia on Thursday rolled out a drug approved to treat patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, its state financial backer said, as the number of infections there surpassed half a million.

The first deliveries of the new antiviral drug, registered under the name Avifavir, were made to some hospitals and clinics across the country, Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund said in a press release, according to Reuters. RDIF has funded trials and has a 50 percent share in the drug’s manufacturer ChemRar.

The health ministry gave its approval for the drug’s use under a special accelerated process while clinical trials, held over a shorter period and with fewer people than many other countries, were still underway.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and human trials of several existing antiviral drugs have yet to show efficacy.

RDIF chief Kirill Dmitriev last week told Reuters the plan was for ChemRar to manufacture enough of the drug to treat around 60,000 people a month.

Dmitriev on Thursday said more than ten countries had made requests for Avifavir supplies.

Negotiations were underway to supply the drug to almost all of Russia’s regions, with seven of its more than 80 regions receiving Thursday’s initial deliveries, Dmitriev added.

With 502,436 cases, Russia has the third highest number of infections in the world after Brazil and the United States, but has a relatively low official death toll of 6,532 – something that has been the focus of debate.

The Moscow health department on Wednesday raised its death toll for the month of May, citing changes in the way it determines the cause of death for patients suffering from other health problems.

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UAE, India maintain effective partnership in fighting COVID-19

ABU DHABI, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — Constructive coordination and cooperation between the UAE and India in the fight against COVID-19 has underscored the strength and depth of the strategic relations that bind the two friendly countries on all fronts.

The global health crisis dominated calls between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wherein the two leaders discussed various regional and international developments, primarily regarding the global fight against COVID-19 and ways of limiting the virus’ impact on the humanitarian, health, and economic fields.

In this context, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, reviewed the prospects of further strengthening cooperation between the UAE and India with Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Indian Minister of External Affairs.

In a video call, the two top diplomats covered the global fight against COVID-19 and the exchange of expertise between the two countries, including their use of state-of-the-art technology in the early detection of the virus. They also exchanged condolences over virus-related deaths and stressed the necessity of bolstering joint action in combating the pandemic.

Sheikh Abdullah spoke highly of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against COVID-19, hailing India’s dispatch of medical teams to the UAE in support of the country’s efforts to contain the pandemic. He praised the distinguished role of these teams in the treatment of patients and their participation in the UAE Volunteers campaign.

Joint Emirati-Indian efforts to contain the virus have taken various forms, including repatriation operations, the exchange of scientific and medical expertise, and the delivery of medical aid.

In May, two Indian aircraft left the UAE for India carrying 350 Indian citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in coordination with the Indian Consulate in Dubai, has facilitated the evacuation of Indian citizens following the suspension of international inbound and outbound flights from the UAE.

Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor said efforts were being made by the UAE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to facilitate the return of Indian citizens through the UAE’s airports. He also commended measures by UAE health authorities to ensure that departing passengers were free of COVID-19 symptoms prior to departure.

Moreover, the UAE sent an aid plane to India containing seven metric tonnes of medical supplies to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aid will assist approximately 7,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the virus.

In the context of bilateral coordination, India sent a team of medical professionals, specialists, doctors and nurses to the UAE to support the country’s fight against COVID-19.

The Government of India also agreed to export hydroxychloroquine to the UAE to be used in treating coronavirus patients.

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WAM: Oman announces 1,067 new COVID-19 cases

MUSCAT, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — Oman’s Ministry of Health announced on Thursday 1,067 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Sultanate to 19,954.

The Oman News Agency, ONA, quoted the ministry as saying that the country had also registered 89 deaths as a result of the disease.

The ministry also pointed out that 6,623 patients had recovered from the virus.

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Kuwait reports 849 new coronavirus recoveries

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KUWAIT, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — Kuwait announced on Thursday 849 new coronavirus recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing total number of recovered patients to 24,137, the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, quoted the health ministry as saying.

The ministry said the patients were recovered after conducting necessary medical examinations and taking standard procedures in such cases.

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UAE health ministry conducts over 45,000 additional COVID-19 tests, announces 479 new cases

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ABU DHABI, 11th June, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Thursday that it conducted over 45,000 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 479 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 40,986. According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced two deaths as a result of COVID-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 286, 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 1,217 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 25,234.

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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UAE Government: COVID-19 recoveries rise to over 18,000; 635 new cases identified

ABU DHABI, 1st June 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced on Monday that 30,147 additional COVID-19 tests were conducted among UAE citizens and residents, resulting in the detection of 635 new cases and taking the total number of infections in the country to 35,192.

This includes those receiving treatment, recovered cases, and deaths. An additional 406 patients have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 18,338.

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 in the country to 266.

“The number of COVID-19 cases still receiving treatment now stands at 16,588 from different nationalities,” she added, noting that more than 650,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted over the past two weeks.

“Since the onset of the crisis, the UAE has focused on select segments of society, primarily the elderly and patients with chronic diseases, in order to ensure they survive the crisis,” she added.

“We believe it is particularly morally important to support and stand by them, provide them with their daily needs, and keep them from harm’s way,” she added.

Dr. Al Shamsi asserted that all precautionary measures announced, including the updated fines and penalties, will be enforced against violators, including citizens and residents.

“The law does not differentiate between citizens and residents. We are living in one homeland, which is for all of us,” she continued.

“Your safety and health are a priority. We must comply with all precautionary measures. Though restrictions have been relaxed, caution must continue to be exercised.”

Dr. Al Shamsi also warned, “Recklessness may undermine the efforts made by our frontline defenders. It is the responsibility of every individual to support protective efforts to ensure the safety of all.”

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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.

Hatem Mohamed

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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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