Four families infected after joint Taraweeh prayer

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 12 May 2020: The UAE Government announced that yesterday’s tally of infections included four families who did not adhere to precautionary measures and social distancing.

These families gathered for Taraweeh prayers in violation of instructions issued by the Emirates Fatwa Council and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, as well as preventative measures issued by health authorities.

By doing so, they spread the virus to other family members who were placed under quarantine, said Wam.

Meanwhile, an additional 577 patients had recovered from Covid-19 after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries to 5,381.

”The percentage of recoveries has increased since the beginning of May to 28.5 percent of the total cases,” revealed Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson of the UAE Government, during the regular media briefing held in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Al Shamsi said the UAE continues to increase Covid-19 testing across the country, noting that health authorities performed 26,763 additional tests that resulted in the detection of 680 new infections among various nationalities, with the total number of cases amounting to 18,878, including those receiving treatment, recovered cases, and deaths.

Three deaths

She announced the death of three individuals of various nationalities, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 201. Dr. Al Shamsi offered her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to all patients.

The number of coronavirus patients currently receiving treatment totals 13,296 individuals of different nationalities, she added.

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the health sector, called upon the general public to adhere to preventative measures, warning that some families continued to hold gatherings and distribute food to neighbours, thereby causing the virus to spread.

”We understand that these habits were deeply embedded in UAE culture, but these practices, though done in good faith, could spread the virus to others. Under these exceptional circumstances, we should avoid such habits and instead donate to official bodies for the safety of all,” she added.

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