Covid Impact: 7,265 cases, 1,360 recover, 43 dead

By DG Staff

ABU DHABI 21 April 2020: The UAE Government has announced the full recovery of 74 coronavirus patients, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,360.

Speaking at the UAE’s regular media briefing on Monday, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, spokesperson for the UAE health sector, said that 25,795 additional tests were conducted across various emirates, which led to the identification of 484 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,265.

Dr. Al Hosani also announced the death of two Asian nationals, bringing the number of deaths to 43. She offered her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished them peace during this challenging time, said Wam.

Dr. Al Hosani spoke about the progress of the precautionary measures taken by the country to prevent the spread of the virus. Mohammed Al Fahim, Spokesperson of the Emirates Red Crescent, and Sheikh Omar Al Darei, Member of the Emirates Council for Fatwas, also spoke.

Dr. Al Hosani stressed the importance of children and adults receiving the necessary vaccinations. “We are already going through exceptional circumstances during this period, and vaccinations are important measures. We must not forget this, no matter the circumstances. Vaccination schedules for children must be adhered to in order to safeguard their health and safety,” she said.

DHA calls on firms to meet health insurance requirements

DUBAI: Employees and sponsors should comply with the mandatory health insurance scheme in the Emirate of Dubai, which is in line with the Health Insurance Law number 11 of 2013, said a top health official.

Saleh Al Hashimi, CEO of Dubai Health Insurance Corporation said, “We fully recognise the challenges faced by organisations, sectors and communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We must comply with the basic need of employees which is the mandatory health insurance policy and therefore if the employee’s policy needs to be issued or renewed, the employer or sponsor should fulfil his obligation.”

He highlighted that patients require medical insurance as their basic need to receive care across government and private hospitals and health centres.

Al Hashimi urged businesses and companies to meet the minimum insurance criteria to ensure they do not burden the health system. “These are unprecedented times and we will overcome this global challenge; in the meantime, we need to move ahead keeping our responsibility in mind, with commitment and cooperation,” he said.

Worldwide coronavirus cases exceed 2.41m; deaths cross 165,800

LONDON: More than 2.41 million people have been reported to be infected by the new coronavirus, COVID-19, globally and 165,854 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 14:00 GMT (18:00 UAE Time) on Monday.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

US coronavirus deaths topped 41,000 on Monday as more protesters gathered in state capitals to demand an early end to the lockdowns, while officials advised caution until more testing becomes available.

The United States, Mexico and Canada are extending restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for an additional 30 days, US Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a tweet.

Meanwhile Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said it will test the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in a randomized trial to see if the much talked about medicine is actually effective against Covid-19, said the Reuters report.



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