Haj relief, Sharjah employees tested, covid cases up

By DG Staff

UAE 9 June, 2020: The UAE Cabinet adopted several decisions related to improving the work of the federal government, supporting various national sectors in minimising the effects of the coronavirus, Covid-19, pandemic, and facilitating their services provided to the public during the current crisis.

The cabinet adopted a decision to exempt Haj and Umrah-related businesses from licence renewal fees from March 2020 to December 2020, and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments will extend the validity of expired licences until this period.

The cabinet also adopted a decision related to re-structuring the Board of Directors of the Federal Tax Authority, under the chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, for three years, said Wam.

The cabinet then adopted an amendment related to membership in the UAE Council for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, after the merging of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Committee with the council under its current name.

The decision includes adding representatives of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and Ministry of Education, represented by Ahmed Youssef Al Nasser, Assistant Under-Secretary for National Human Resources, and Hamad Mohammed Al Yahyaei, Assistant Under-Secretary at the Curriculum and Evaluation Sector of the Ministry of Education.

Sharjah employees tested before returning to offices

All Sharjah government employees are getting tested for Covid-19 for free before returning back to offices, according to a statement by the Sharjah Directorate of Human Resources.

The testing will be conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Prevention through the Sharjah Medical District and will cover all Emirati and resident employees set to return to offices. They will be examined in a dedicated screening facility already established at the premises of the Sharjah Chess Club for this purpose.

A maximum of 200 employee are set to be examined a day as per a schedule already prepared for the purpose to ensure the application of all relevant precautionary measures, including physical distancing of 2 metres and wearing of face masks and gloves.

The screening facility has already started receiving the Sharjah Government employees to take their vitals and test them for the early detection of the Covid-19 from 9.00 am to 1 pm according to a testing schedule.

568 new cases, 469 recoveries, five deaths

The UAE Government announced on Monday that more than 32,000 additional Covid-19 tests were conducted, resulting in the detection of 568 new cases and taking the total number of infections in the country to 39,376.

Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, the official spokesperson of the UAE Government, noted an additional 469 individuals have fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 22,275, adding that a total of 16,820 individuals are still being treated.

She also announced the death of five people as a result of Covid-19 complications, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 281.

Dr. Al Shamsi expressed her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished current Covid-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.



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