Covid-19: UAE Tour cyclists’ contacts quarantined

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 29 February 2020: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH-AD), has taken all necessary measures to ensure the good health and safety of guests at two hotels, presumed to be contacts of two Italian nationals who tested positive for novel Coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The DoH-AD applied precautionary quarantine in two hotels in Yas Island, while other contacts were confined to home quarantine to undergo medical investigations and periodic testing for 14 days.

The two Italian patients are currently receiving necessary medical care and they are under continuous observation, said Wam.

167 quarantined contacts free of Covid-19

DoH-AD affirmed that laboratory tests conducted for 167 cases of quarantined contacts of two cases of Coronavirus, announced on Thursday, have returned negative.

In a statement late last night, the DoH-AD said,” It is still monitoring the condition of the remaining cases of contacts, whom lab test findings will be available within the next few hours.” In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and other competent authorities, the DoH-AD has applied precautionary quarantine and preventive measures on all participants in the UAE Tour and placed them in hotels on Yas Island for testing.

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council has cancelled the remaining rounds of the 2020 UAE Tour, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

The health authorities are still monitoring the health condition of the contacts to ensure safety of the community,” the statement added.

The department said it had been making all necessary arrangements, in coordination with other authorities, in terms of medical materials and early warning systems, to detect suspected cases of Coronavirus.

The authorities concerned in Abu Dhabi have also put in place a set of preventive measures, including the provision of thermometers and laboratory testing kits at land, air and sea ports, as well as availability of round-the-clock-care by medical teams.

Sign language awareness campaign about Covid-19

The Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO), has launched an awareness campaign about Covid-19 through its accounts on social media platforms entitled “Your Health is Important To Us” in sign language for the deaf.

The campaign is in cooperation with the UAE Deaf Association and the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center.

The ZHO has translated the campaign in sign language for the deaf in Arabic, English and Chinese to raise awareness about virus prevention. It also intends to translate the instructions for prevention in Braille for the blind, to ensure that educational information reaches all groups of society, especially People of Determination.

It also pointed to the vital role the family, especially mothers, have in securing the prevention of disease in general, by ensuring the hygiene of their children, and stressed that there is great cooperation between the ZHO and the parents and families of the students to face any emergencies.


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