‘This is a huge loss to the family. It’s the first time something like this happened to us and very hard to contain’
The UAE’s Covid-19 deaths include five members of an Emirati family, who succumbed to the virus in 12 days, a relative of the family has said.
Till Friday, the UAE has registered 370 deaths caused by Covid-19.
Dr Mohammad Al Uraaqi said the Emirati father, his wife, their daughter and two other family members died one after the other after contracting the virus.
Speaking to a local TV channel, Dr Al Uraaqi said it was so devastating to lose five members of one family.
“It’s very sad losing people you know very well.
“People you have been staying with and with whom you were sharing meals… Children you have been seeing and sometimes playing with, all to die suddenly within just days. It’s hard to believe,” said Al Uraaqi. “This is a huge loss to the family. It’s the first time something like this happened to us and very hard to contain. Everyone is struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.”
He noted that the father who might have spread the virus to his family members got ill after returning from a car wash centre where he had taken his vehicle for cleaning.
“He had taken his car to the car wash-bay after it had stayed in the parking yard for a long time,” said Al Uraaqi.
“When he reached the car wash place, he handed the car to the workers and waited as they cleaned it,” he added.
“At the car-wash place, the man adhered to the precautionary measures, including wearing a face mask and gloves, maintaining social distancing and observing all the necessary hygiene,” he said.
Al Uraqi recalled that after washing the car, his relative returned home and met his children. After a while, he fell ill and was rushed to hospital where he was admitted. “He tested positive for Covid-19,” said Al Uraaqi, adding that a few days later, the man passed away.
He noted that after three days, his wife, who took care of the man before finding out he had contracted the virus, also died.
Their daughter and two other members of the family also passed away within days.
“All the deaths occurred in a period of 12 days,” said Al Uraaqi, adding that the couple left behind only one small child who survived the disease.
“The child they left behind is now an orphan. She’s living with her uncle,” he said.
He said none of the dead members of the family suffered from any other serious chronic illness.
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