UAE enters the final straightaway to confront COVID-19 and other news from the Emirates

UAE enters the final straightaway to confront COVID-19 and other news from the Emirates

The Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates announced the recovery rate of patients with COVID-19 in the country has reached 90%, giving the UAE among the highest rates of recovery in the world.

According to Minister Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, the country reached nearly 5.2 million COVID-19 tests. As of August 3, 2020, the latest figures bring the total number of recorded cases to 61,163, with the total number of recoveries among COVID-19 patients in the country of 54,863 patients.

As of August 3, 2020, it is revealed that 164 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded – the lowest rate since April 1, 2020. Same day, 248 new recoveries were announced, no deaths were recorded for the third day in a row (with 351 total death).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Prevention of the UAE is urging the public to continue observing preventive measures and praised the role of the front line medical teams and first responders and their great efforts since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Minister said that a healthy lifestyle plays an important role in protecting the body. He stressed that UAE residents should strengthen their immune system, noting that it is necessary to protect it from negative external interventions that include smoking, sleep disorders, lack of exercise, weight gain and psychological factors, in addition to not eating a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits. It was also stressed the need to continue to wear masks.

The ministry has set up two new COVID-19 testing centers in the emirate of Fujairah. The UAE’s citizens and residents can be tested their free of charge.

Covid-19 vaccine trial is now open to all UAE residents

The ongoing Covid-19 vaccine trial in Abu Dhabi is now open to all residents across the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention of the UAE.

Earlier, only residents of the capital emirate of Abu Dhabi could be tested, and now a vaccine trial center for the 4Humanity programme has set up in Sharjah, at the Al Qarayen Health Centre.

The Centre has been officially assigned as the first centre outside Abu Dhabi to register, screen and test volunteers wishing to participate in the world’s first Phase III clinical trials of an inactivated Covid-19 vaccine, the ministry said. It was added that on the first day, more than 500 volunteers from Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates have come to the Centre.

The move has been taken in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and G42 Healthcare Techno Company. The clinical trial operations are open for volunteers of any gender and nationality if they are between 18 to 60 years of age and have no serious underlying medical issues and no previous Covid-19 infection.

They will be given two doses of the vaccine within a period of three weeks. The trials are expected to last for three to six months. The ministry said that expanding the geographical scope of the #4Humanity campaign to include all emirates aims to enhance the results of clinical trials and ensure the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine on a larger segment of individuals.

As previously reported, Abu Dhabi residents wishing to participate in clinical trials of an inactivated Covid-19 vaccine can register on a first come, first served basis at a medical centre opened at the National Exhibition Centre of the UAE capital.

The newly-opened centre will allow for potential volunteers to be registered, examined and selected for the programme.

More than 15,000 volunteers of different age and nationality had already offered to take part in the trials of a vaccine. Volunteers will be monitored during the 42-day vaccine trials and must visit testing centres of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) a minimum of 17 times over this period.

The vaccine has been developed by Sinopharm Chinese National Biotec Group, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, in partnership with the Emirati-Based, Group G42 Healthcare, a leading Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing company.

Live events are now permitted in Dubai

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai, has issued a circular, according to which, public events such as indoor and outdoor live concerts as well as mass event spaces such as for weddings are permitted to reopen.

While the circular requires that organizers and participants of events must adhere social distancing and safety guidelines. For indoor events, venues are to limit their capacity so that one person has at least two meters of space around them. Alternatively, seated concerts will be required to forego two seats between attendee, including in VIP sections of the venue.

In addition, organizers must ensure the observance of social distancing measures at the entry and exit spots, as well as in queue at the box offices. At the same time, online tickets are encouraged. Spectators must wear masks, which are permitted to remove after taking a seat.

Any contact between performers and gusts will remain prohibited. In addition, only ready-made and packaged food will be sold at events. The concert halls will be thoroughly disinfected before and after the events. It is noted that nightclubs will remain closed until further notice.