A round-up of major developments related to Covid-19 across the country.
Here’s a round-up of all the latest Covid-19 developments you need to know:
UAE reports 915 Covid-19 cases, 1,295 recoveries, 3 deaths
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday reported 915 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,295 recoveries. Three deaths were also reported. More than 77,000 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total number of tests to 11.77 million so far. Continuing its crackdown no erring establishments, the Dubai Municipality closed two shisha cafes in Al Quoz, it announced yesterday. Municipality teams have conducted thorough safety inspections and visited 10,141 food establishments during September until the mid of October to ensure Covid-19 guidelines were followed. Within the span of 45 days, inspection teams penalized and shut down 25 food establishments for non-compliance of precautionary measures, and issued warnings to 1,579 others, while 8,404 were found complying with the procedures set by the health authorities.
UAE’s mechanism to fight Covid-19 hailed
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday praised the UAE’s efforts to fight Covid-19, saying it’s one of the most serious, effective and fast in facing the pandemic to protect residents and mitigate its impact. “The UAE has developed a number of mechanisms that are unprecedented not just at the regional level but also at the global level. It created mechanisms for protection against Covid-19 and also mechanism for follow-up. There is no doubt that the UAE economy is the most diversified and most open at the regional level,” said Jihad Azour, director of the International Monetary Fund’s Middle East and Central Asia Department. Thanks to a high level of reserves, he said the UAE managed to mitigate the effects of the crisis on residents and economic sectors as the Central Bank of the UAE lowered interest rates and provided liquidity to the banking sector.
UAE-India to strengthen ties in medical sector
India will play a crucial role in ensuring availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, said an Indian envoy in the UAE during a virtual healthcare conference. “India’s vaccine manufacturers will play a crucial role in ensuring the widespread availability of the Covid-19 vaccine,” said Pavan Kapoor, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, at the first UAE-India Healthcare Conference 2020. The conference, held on Monday, was organised in partnership the Indian missions in the UAE, the Federation of Indian Chambers Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Invest India. “The UAE Government is constantly improving its image as a destination for medical tourism and also as a manufacturing and distribution hub for pharmaceutical products,” added Kapoor.
Get your kids vaccinated against flu, urge Adek
Taking a flu shot is now more crucial than ever amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Abu Dhabi’s education regulator has told parents. The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) urged parents to take their children for the flu jab to protect their health and ensure continuity of education during the influenza season. Various healthcare centres in the emirate are providing the flu vaccine free of charge. In cooperation with the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, the Adek has launched a campaign to vaccinate students and their families against the seasonal influenza virus. “While efforts are concerted in the community to limit the spread of Covid- 19, protecting the health of students and the school community remains our top priority, especially during the seasonal influenza outbreak,” said Adek.
5,000 visitors limit set for socially distanced Sharjah Book Fair
The number of visitors to the Sharjah International Book Fair has been capped at 5,000 per day, organisers announced on Monday. They must register on www.sibf.com to be allowed entry. The socially distanced version of the book fair will be held from November 4-14. Organisers have cancelled opening and award ceremonies as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19. A total 0f 1,024 publishers from 73 countries will participate in the 39th edition of the SIBF. School students will not be taken on tours to the event, while cultural programmes will be hosted on Zoom. Ahmed Al Ameri, chairman of the SIBF, announced the launch of the Sharjah Read platform, which has been created to host all cultural events remotely.
30% of UAE companies plan to cut workforce, 10% reduce salaries: Survey
The direct impact of Covid-19 on the compensation and benefits landscape is less drastic than initially feared. Even though 10 per cent of UAE companies reduced salaries on a temporary basis, and 30 per cent have plans to cut headcount, according to a Mercer survey. Overall, the market still experienced positive salary inflation and 25 per cent of companies have reported an increase in productivity as a result of employees working from home, it said. Covered over 500 companies in the UAE, the survey results also revealed an actual annual salary increase of 3.8 per cent across the general market, although with 19.4 per cent of organisations indicating they froze salaries in 2020.
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