479 new covid cases, 10,000 Rakez workers tested

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 20 April 2020: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced on Sunday 479 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 6,781.

The ministry noted that as part of its plans to expand the scope of testing in the country, it conducted 23,000 additional Covid-19 tests among UAE citizens and residents using top-of-the-line medical examination methods.

As a result of increased testing, 479 new cases were detected. The individuals in question are from various nationalities, the ministry continued, adding that they are currently in a stable condition.

MoHAP also announced the death of four individuals as a result of the virus, noting one of the deceased was a Gulf national, while the three others were Asian nationals. The total number of deaths resulting from the pandemic has reached 41, the ministry added.

The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to Covid-19 patients, said Wam.

The ministry also called upon the public to cooperate with health authorities and adhere to preventative measures.

MoHAP noted that 98 individuals have fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,286.

Medical check rolled out for 10,000+ Rakez workers

RAS AL KHAIMAH: Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (Rakez), has recently carried out 10,000 medical check-ups for labourers working in the industrial zones. The check-ups took place inside clients’ facilities and labour accommodations within the sites.

This ongoing initiative is being conducted in collaboration with MoHAP, which brought the team of qualified healthcare professionals, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE).

“We have been working hand-in-hand with MoHAP and MoHRE in carrying out these check-ups since the last week of March and we are committed to continue and carry out as many as 20,000 tests by May 2020,” said Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of Rakez. “Taking all the necessary steps to protect the community is a joint responsibility; I am talking about everyone, from organisations to citizens and residents in the country. Our actions must be aligned with the government’s efforts, and I am confident that together, we can get through this and come out stronger.”

Over the past months, Rakez has been implementing precautionary measures, such as: holding awareness sessions for the community; sanitising of its zones in line with the ongoing National Disinfection Programme; and following the guidelines set by the federal and local government authorities. These precautionary measures have been taken to safeguard the wellbeing of the public.