ABU DHABI 21 May 2020: The UAE Government announced on Wednesday that over 43,732 additional Covid-19 tests have been conducted, 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 1,018 patients have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 11,809.
The announcement was made during the regular media briefing held in Abu Dhabi, wherein , 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.
Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, the official spokesperson for the UAE Government, 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.
Eid safety measures
Dr. Saif Juma Al Dhaheri, Spokesman of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), saidit is incumbent on everyone to abide by the Cvid-19 countermeasures during Eid, as any violations will have an adverse effect on the entire society. 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 banknotes.
“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.