Eid prayers to be with covid countermeasures

DG Staff

ABU DHABI 11 May 2021: Prayers will take place in approved mosques and musallas around the country and services facilities will be closed, said Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, official spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA). stressed that the UAE is continuing its efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 and its national strategic plans have accomplished numerous achievements.

He announced that Eid al-Fitr prayers can only performed for 15 minutes and must follow relevant precautionary measures, such as wearing facemasks and maintaining physical distancing.

People infected with Covid-19 who are being under treatment, those exposed to infected people, and people with chronic diseases are prohibited from going to Eid prayers, he further added, stressing that gatherings and shaking hands are also prohibited.

Elderly people over the age of 60 and children under the age of 12 should not go to mosques for their own safety.

He noted that relevant authorities will supervise the process of entry and exit from mosques to avoid overcrowding and organise prayers, adding that mosques will open 15 minutes before prayers and will be closed immediately after prayers, said Wam.

Dr. Al Dhaheri stressed the importance of adherence to precautionary measures during Eid al-Fitr, including avoiding visits and family gatherings, wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing with the elderly and those with chronic diseases.

He urged the public to exchange Eid greetings with friends and families via virtual platforms and to refrain from exchanging gifts and food between neighbours, and not give children Eid presents and cash bonuses.

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Official Spokesperson of the UAE Health Sector, added that the National Vaccination Campaign in the UAE continues to achieve its goals, with over 72.03 percent of the eligible criteria of the population (people over 16 years), and 79.03 percent of those over 60 years having been vaccinated.

She said that the UAE has provided over 11 million doses of the vaccine, at a rate of 113.10 doses for every 100 persons, while the number of Covid-19 tests carried out in the country exceeded 46 million. ”This makes the UAE one of the world’s most efficient examples in managing and curing the spread of the virus.”

Dr. Al Hosani stressed that the country’s health authorities are closely monitoring the efficiency of vaccines, by observing the developments of clinical trials and their effectiveness in the community and tracking positive cases registered in the country.

Covid Update: 1,507 new cases, 1,476 recover, 2 die

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) conducted 142,603 additional Covid-19 tests and announced 1,507 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 537,524.

MoHAP also announced two deaths due to Covid-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,615.

The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished Covid-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 1,476 individuals had fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 517,805.


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