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 275 Covid-19 cases, 94 recoveries, 1 death
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday reported 275 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 94 recoveries. One death was also reported. More than 71,000 new Covid-19 tests were carried out in the country, taking the total to nearly 6.5 million tests. The UAE could be at risk of a second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak if residents do not adhere to the strict precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, a top official has warned. “The pandemic has not ended. If UAE residents do not adhere to preventive measures, we will be on the verge of a second outbreak,” Obaid Al Hussan Al Shamsi, director-general of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, said on Sunday in an interview on Abu Dhabi TV.
Abu Dhabi schools to charge full fees for the new school year
Students will need to pay tuition fees in full, regardless of the mode of attendance and reopening model followed by the school, according to a new set of guidelines issued by Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) on Monday. The 21-page document, viewed by Khaleej Times, outlined an extensive list of guidelines for parents preparing their children for the new school term, after Covid-19 restrictions shut educational facilities across the country in March. Parents can choose to continue with the distance learning option for their kids for the next term or allow them to attend school in person. Schools will reopen with either one model or a combination of models, such as full day, half day, alternating days, alternating weeks, or a hybrid of the above.
Abu Dhabi drive reminds residents Covid-19 is not over yet
The Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi has launched a campaign called #CommitToWin to urge the community to act responsibly to help contain Covid-19. Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, chairman of the department, said the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks was “not a good indicator”. The department’s aim is to improve the quality of life in the UAE Capital. In its #CommitToWin campaign, the department requests the community to stick to Covid-19 preventive measures and help lead a return to normalcy soon. “We miss visiting our friends and loved ones. (However) our colleagues and friends are sacrificing their lives on the frontlines to protect us. Sometimes, in our longing for culture and tradition, we tend to forget that there is a lethal pandemic (out there),” said Dr Al Khaili.
Science teachers in UAE learn how to take experiments to virtual classrooms
Nearly 130 science and math teachers in Abu Dhabi learned innovative teaching techniques at a recent two-day webinar. Sessions with live demonstrations and experiments guided them on how important hands-on classroom activities can be translated into effective virtual seat works. The webinar, titled ‘Milestone Lessons’, were organised by the Abu Dhabi chapter of Science India Forum – UAE, a volunteer organisation. Among the speakers were experts from the Mumbai-based Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT). Educators joining from India, Brijesh Pare, D.V. Prabhu and Anand Mandhian, elaborated on the challenges faced by teachers and how to adapt to changing circumstances. Siji Sudhakaran, a math teacher at Abu Dhabi Indian School Al Wathba, said the webinars helped her embrace digital learning and confront the challenges.
Dubai residents double volunteering hours during Covid-19 crisis
More residents in Dubai, especially the youth, have been stepping up to help others amid the Covid-19 crisis, based on the latest statistics of the emirate’s Community Development Authority (CDA). In the first half of the year, volunteering hours have doubled compared to the same period last year, and the number of active volunteers jumped by 53.6 per cent. Ahmad Julfar, director-general of the CDA, said some 29,661 volunteers of all ages and nationalities had been active in the first six months of the year, and about 2,200 of them are new. Thirty-five new organisations also joined the Dubai Volunteering Programme. “We recorded 245,232 volunteer hours during the first half of 2020, up by 99.9 per cent from last year’s 122,685 hours,” Julfar said.
ICA permit in UAE: Here’s how you can apply
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) on Monday made it easier for people to apply for the UAE entry permit. Those who wish to return can now apply for the permit by visiting the official website http://ica.gov.ae or smartphone app ICA UAE eChannels. A user needs to first register and create an account, UAE Pass, submit the application, pay the fees and receive the entry permit via email in easy steps. The federal authority has asked customers to be careful while providing valid and accurate information. “Please make sure you enter your ID number and expiry date correctly when applying for renewal or replacement. Make sure the data you enter into the digital application form are correct before paying the fees to avoid delays in processing of application,” the authority said in its tweet on the official handle.
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