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47 infected with Covid-19 after family gatherings in UAE – News

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Residents are urged to avoid family visits during Eid and use electronic means to wish each other.

A top official has warned against hosting gatherings after they caused infection spread among multiple families. Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE government, said 47 members of five families contracted the virus as they hosted gatherings.

Addressing a virtual briefing, the official stressed the need to avoid gatherings during Eid Al Adha.

Al Hammadi stressed the need to maintain a distance of not less than two metres “as health and wellness at the present time is directly proportional to the physical distancing”.

He said in the event of an infected person coughing or sneezing, the infection risk is higher for those in close proximity.

He advised residents to avoid family visits during Eid and use electronic means to wish each other.

Doctors had earlier explained to Khaleej Times about the risks associated with family gatherings.

Dr Fawad Qasim, general practitioner at Right Health, in Sonapur, Muhaisnah, said that by staying away from gatherings, everyone can help prevent a ‘second wave’ of infections.

“Though the cases have fallen, gatherings this Eid may lead to possible infections which can add to the burden of healthcare setups. Therefore, this Eid, we need to stay away from our loved ones so that we can be together for all the coming Eids,” Dr Qasim told Khaleej Times.

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