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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ministry also noted that in line with its plans to increase COVID-19 testing throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had prior contact with infected individuals, it has conducted 29,000 additional tests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABU DHABI, 8th May, 2020 (WAM) — In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase COVID-19 testing throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had prior contact with infected individuals, the Ministry has conducted 41,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 553 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 16,793.

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

The Ministry also announced the death of nine patients of various nationalities due to complications arising from COVID-19. The deceased suffered from other chronic health issues. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 174.

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

The Ministry also announced that 265 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,837.

The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, particularly concerning social distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UAE conducts 1.3 million coronavirus tests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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UAE leaders congratulation Polish President on Constitution Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ministry also announced the death of seven patients due to complications arising from COVID-19. The deceased suffered from other chronic health issues. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 126.

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

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

The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, particularly concerning social distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ministry also announced the death of six patients due to complications arising from COVID-19. The deceased suffered from other chronic health issues. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 111.

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

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

The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, particularly concerning social distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.

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Ministry of Health announces 27,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 552 new cases, 100 recoveries and seven deaths

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ABU DHABI, 30th April, 2020 (WAM) — In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase the number of COVID-19 tests throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had contact with already infected cases, the Ministry has conducted 27,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 552 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 12,481.

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 105.

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 100 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,429.

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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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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