15 quarantined returnees found with Covid-19

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 11 March 2020: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), on Tuesday announced 15 new cases of the coronavirus, Covid-19, in the UAE.

According to a statement released by the ministry, the individuals – who were traveling prior to their entry into the UAE – were placed under quarantine as suspected cases subsequent to their entry into the UAE. Following diligent testing and monitoring, the individuals were confirmed positive with Covid-19, it added.

The total number of positive coronavirus cases in the UAE has now reached 74, the MoHAP statement carried by Wam said.

Sri Lankans, Indians among new cases

The 15 individuals diagnosed with the new coronavirus include three Italians, two Emiratis, two Sri Lankans, two British, two Indians, one German, one South African, one Tanzanian and one Iranian.

MoHAP confirmed that the cases are being monitored, and individuals are currently in a stable condition and are receiving all necessary health care required.

MoHAP assured that medical facilities have been equipped with all the necessary medical equipment and supplies to provide care and take all measures required to deal with Covid-19, including airborne infection isolation rooms, following World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

The ministry advised the members of the general public to adhere to preventative health and personal hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

Basic protection

It noted basic protective measures such as the frequent washing of hands; when coughing and sneezing to cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue and discarding of the tissue immediately; and to seek early medical care if symptoms of fever, cough and difficulty in breathing arise.

The Ministry also advised individuals with respiratory illness symptoms to avoid mixing in crowded places. It also called on members of the public to seek information from official sources, and avoid the spreading of misinformation.

5 more people recover from coronavirus in UAE

MoHAP also announced the full recovery of a further five people from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the country to 17.

The ministry said that the individuals – three Emiratis, an Egyptian and a Moroccan – are now “symptom-free” after receiving the necessary health treatment in hospital.

The ministry affirmed that the UAE’s handling of the cases, from diagnosis until recovery, reflects the strength of its health care system, thanks to the support of the leadership and its concern to provide the highest levels of health care for all.

It added that infected individuals are being dealt with according to the highest health standards, and are kept under close observation and the care of specialised medical teams that conform to the standards of the World Health Organisation, until they make a full recovery.

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