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:
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 1,100 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,186 recoveries. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 94,190 and the total recoveries to 83,724. Three deaths were also announced in the country as a result of the illness, bringing the total number of deaths to 419. More than 9.6 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country so far. Authorities in the UAE detected 24,894 violations of Covid-19 safety measures during the first 15 days of September, a senior government official revealed yesterday. Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, the official spokesperson for the National Crisis Emergency and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), said failure to wear face masks topped the list of violations.
The pandemic seems to be on an upward spiral as the UAE on Wednesday recorded the biggest ever rise in daily Covid cases with 1,100 infections. This is the highest number of daily cases recorded in the country, bringing the total tally to 94,190. The steepest rise in the number of coronavirus cases should shake us out of the complacency we have fallen into. The government also reported 1,186 recoveries and three deaths due to complications caused by the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 83,724. Leading the way in global testing rates, the UAE for the third time in less than two weeks conducted over 100,000 Covid tests in a single day on Wednesday. Some 105,615 new tests were carried out. The UAE has conducted more than 9.6 million tests so far.
Twenty-nine nurseries and kindergartens in Sharjah are all set for reopening on October 4, with strict Covid-19 precautionary measures in place, a top education official has said. After meeting safety requirements – including the mandatory screening for all staff members – the nurseries have obtained their permission to operate from the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA), an official from the Sharjah Education Council said. Teams from the SPEA, the Early Childhood Development Department and the Ministry of Education all worked together in inspecting and evaluating the emirate’s nurseries, he added. They checked every nook and cranny, reviewed sterilisation practices, and looked into the protocols laid out for staff. Inspections and monitoring will continue to ensure nurseries’ compliance with all measures throughout their operations.
Hospitals and clinics across the country are seeing a surge in demand for the seasonal influenza vaccine, with the flu season fast approaching and the Covid-19 virus still around. A number of them have already run out of stocks as they await the new vaccine supply, Khaleej Times has learnt. Flu season usually starts in early October and continues until January. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) on Monday kicked off its annual National Seasonal Flu Awareness Campaign, stressing the need to get vaccinated especially amid Covid-19. Mohap also introduced a new four-strain flu vaccine, which is expected to be available within a week.
When Rafat Sohail contracted Covid-19, he was extremely worried but not only about himself. Day and night, he couldn’t stop thinking about his wife who was fighting a battle of her own. She is a cancer patient, and her immunity was at an all-time low when the virus struck her husband. “She had a mastectomy and had just returned from chemotherapy. Her body was still very weak. I was also equally worried for my son who is only nine,” Rafat said. But all these worries and fears running through his head suddenly disappeared when his condition turned critical. “I slipped into a phase where I don’t remember much,” he said. Rafat had to spend an entire month on a ventilator in Dubai. And with each passing day, doctors were preparing his family for the worse, he said.
A new study has shown that human breast milk may help prevent or treat Covid-19. Beijing University of Chemical Technology experts say that whey proteins in breast milk can inhibit Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, by “blocking viral attachment, entry and even post-entry viral replication”. The researchers’ findings, published on pre-print specialist site biorxiv.org, have not yet been peer-reviewed. However, they also claim that whey proteins in cow and goat milk may offer a similar, though less effective, protection. According to the British Newspaper The Times newspaper, the Chinese experts found that “cow and goat whey proteins could suppress the coronavirus by about 70%, but the efficacy of human whey was far more impressive at 98%”.
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