It is your duty to observe physical distancing: UAE

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 28 July 2020: Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention,  stressed the need to adhere to the preventive instructions and procedures during the Eid Al Adha holiday period.

He noted that the practice of strict social distancing is increasingly important on such occasions and is the national duty of all in society, especially considering what is at stake, said Wam.

Dr. Omar Al Hammadi, spokesperson for the UAE Government, said 47,299 new tests revealed 264 new cases. The total number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 59,177.

Al Hammadi announced 328 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 52,510. One case of death was recorded, bringing the total deaths to 345. There are 6,322 patients still undergoing treatment for Covid-19.

Multiple infections

Al-Hammadi revealed that multiple infections are being seen for members of one family, in both citizens and residents, as a result special celebrations and gatherings in homes and farms without maintaining social distancing or wearing a mask. He noted the need avoid big gatherings and limited events to a small number of family members who all need to adhere to precautionary measures such as maintaining a safe distance of no less than two meters between people following sterilization procedures, avoiding handshaking and using single-use paper dishes, cutlery and other utensils.

Al-Hammadi revealed that 47 cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in just five families, who were attending family events without applying social distancing or other preventive measures.

Regarding safe interaction between family and friends during the Eid period, Al-Hammadi stressed that social media and electronic communication are the best methods at the present time because there is no face-to-face interaction. Visits should be limited to first and second degree relatives only and all should apply and follow the precautionary measures and guidelines to avoid infecting their loved ones.

Al-Hammadi advised the public to avoid distributing Eid gifts and money to children to reduce the chances of infection. Avoid visits and family gatherings and replace them with electronic means or phone calls. Adhere to well-known measures during the Eid period, such as social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, avoiding shaking hands, protect the elderly and those with chronic diseases by avoiding visiting.

Al-Hammadi noted at the end of the briefing the importance of making sure that domestic workers do not meet with people from outside the home and use personal protective equipment when handling with deliveries, etc.

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