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 1,041 Covid-19 cases, 1,001 recoveries, no deaths
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday reported 1,041 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,001 recoveries. No new deaths were reported. As many as 108,906 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, the ministry said, while the total number of tests till date has crossed 10.1 million. With the UAE reporting over 1,000 Covid-19 cases for the fourth day straight on Saturday, doctors have warned about a ‘pandemic fatigue’ that seems to have set in as residents lower their guards. The country recorded 1,231 cases yesterday. Dr Jean Marc Gauer, CEO, RAK Hospital, said: “The reason for this (surge) is undoubtedly related to the fact that a certain level of ‘pandemic fatigue’ mixed with a degree of complacency has set in.
Task forces for all Emirates to crack down on violators
The UAE has set up task forces across all emirates to deal with those violating Covid-19 safety measures, said a top government official. Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson from the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), said in a virtual press briefing on Sunday that the authority had developed a distinctive monitoring and inspection methodology to ensure the implementation of all precautionary measures by forming seven inspection teams, one in each emirate. “Relevant authorities at the local level have intensified their control and inspection campaigns and issued violations against all individuals and institutions that have not complied with preventive measures,” he said.
Abu Dhabi cop beats coronavirus, fatigue to rejoin war on virus
The director of Abu Dhabi Police’s medical services department contracted Covid-19 in the line of duty. But that wasn’t when the virus took its toll on her. Colonel Thuraya Ali Al Hashemi said she worked for two months straight without a day off at the start of the outbreak. But that didn’t affect her either. “My management urged me to take a few days, but I couldn’t – this was my duty,” said Colonel Thuraya. “But one day, a couple of weeks after I returned from quarantine, I collapsed on the office stairs.” But she brushed the pain off her injured hand and went back to work, leading the fight against Covid-19 across all Abu Dhabi Police’s facilities. “The pain was getting worse by the day,” she said. “So, after three weeks I went to a doctor who sent me for an X-ray and confirmed it was a bone fissure.
Dubai fines 5 sports facilities, warns 6 others for violating safety rules
Continuing with inspections of sports institutions and events, teams from the c and Dubai Economy found five sports establishments flouting Covid-19 precautionary measures. The five sports establishments violating Covid-19 safety rules were issued fines, while six others have been let off with warnings, the Dubai Sports Council announced in a tweet. The establishments were fined for their failure to maintain the mandatory safe distance at the premises as well as non-compliance with the face mask rule. The inspections have had the desired results as the number of violators has gradually decreased. The inspection drive has increased awareness about the need to comply with all safety regulations.
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