ABU DHABI 25 April 2020: The UAE has conducted over 32,000 additional Covid-19 tests among UAE citizens and residents over the past few days in line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to intensify virus screening in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The accelerated investigative measures resulted in the detection of 525 new coronavirus cases among various nationalities, all of whom are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care, taking to 9,281 the total number of infections in the country, according to a MoHaP statement.
The ministry also announced the death of eight patients from Covid-19. The deceased are of various nationalities and suffered from pre-existing chronic illnesses. The total number of deaths has now reached 64, said Wam.
The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to all patients, calling on the public to cooperate with health authorities and comply with all precautionary measures, particularly social distancing protocols, to ensure the safety and protection of the public.
The ministry also announced the full recovery of 123 new cases after receiving the necessary treatment, taking to 1,760 the total of those now recovered from the virus in the UAE.
Mobile Laboratory to conduct covid tests for seniors at home
In line with the Government of Dubai’s efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services has announced the launch of its Mobile Laboratory Unit (MLU) as part of an initiative to provide free testing for the elderly and ‘people of determination’ at their homes.
The initiative was announced by Major General Talal Belhoul, Commissioner-General for the Security and Justice Track at Dubai Council, and Khalifa bin Dray, Executive Director of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.
To ensure the highest protection for paramedics, the MLU ambulance vehicles have an auto-sterilisation unit, thermal scanners, and safe storage cabins for collected samples. The re-purposed vehicles make it easy to serve the elderly and people of determination.
The launch of the Mobile Laboratory Unit is part of intensified precautionary testing being conducted to boost Dubai’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic as per the guidelines of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.