Coronavirus UAE Update new cases
Coronavirus UAE Update new cases schools, colleges get an early break
The six individuals include two Russians, two Italians, one German and one Colombian.
All schools and higher education institutions in the UAE will close for four weeks from Sunday as a precautionary measure while six new cases of coronavirus were reported in the country.
“The Education Ministry announces the early start of spring vacation for schools,” state news agency Wam tweeted late on Tuesday.
Spring break, which was due to begin on March 15 will now begin on March 8 and last for four weeks instead of the originally planned three. According to the tweet, students will attend classes virtually through its distance learning initiative during the break.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday announced six new cases of coronavirus. The six individuals include two Russians, two Italians, one German and one Colombian – all connected to the previous cases associated with the UAE Tour cycling event.
The ministry said the individuals are in a stable condition and are receiving all necessary care required.
“The total number of coronavirus cases has reached 27,” the ministry said, adding that five of the previously reported cases have fully recovered.
Earlier in the day, the UAE Cabinet reviewed procedures and plans to prevent Covid-19 spread in the country and assured that normal activities across all sectors in the country will continue uninterrupted.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who chaired the Cabinet meeting, was briefed on the latest developments and preventive measures taken by all national authorities to protect the community from Covid-19.
“The public and private sectors, as well as the UAE federal and local authorities, have undertaken strict measures to implement the highest standards of sanitation, health and safety protocols. All operational guidelines are being reviewed by all appropriate institutions and as such, all normal daily activities across all sectors in the country will continue uninterrupted and unchanged,” a statement said.
The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday announced that it will temporarily suspend its international patient care services that send Emiratis abroad for treatment. This decision comes in line with the DoH’s precautionary measures in light of the outbreak and to limit the risk of contagion.
The UAE Shariah Ifta Council issued a fatwa saying it is haram, or prohibited, for anyone suspected to be Covid-19 positive to show up or mix with people in public places. “They are urged to remain home and not attend congregational prayers, Friday sermon or Eid prayers,” it said.
The UAE airlines advised passengers to improve their hygiene levels in line with international standards for the safety of all passengers and crew.
The carriers said they were also taking serious measures such as cleaning the aircraft as well as keeping their staff updated with any new guidelines about Covid-19.
Events cancelled or postponed
>> The first Ultra Music Festival Abu Dhabi, an electronic dance music festival scheduled to take place on March 5 and 6, has been cancelled
>> The K-Pop concert, Music Bank in Dubai, scheduled for March 21 at the Coca-Cola Arena, has been postponed
>> American rapper Russ has? postponed his Dubai concert that was to have taken place on? March 27
>> Art Dubai scheduled for March 25-28 has been postponed. Instead, a programme tailored to the local cultural community will be staged
>> Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation ceremony that was to be held on March 9 postponed to August 31
28 people screened for Covid-19 in UAE
The six new confirmed cases, who have been screened through the ministry’s ongoing early reporting system, are of different nationalities, including four Iranians, one Chinese and one Bahraini, all of whom had come to the UAE from the Islamic Republic of Iran ahead of the travel ban enforced recently, said MoHAP in a statement.
A total of 28 people, who were in close contact with the previously confirmed cases, have been screened and all preemptive measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus outbreak in coordination with health and other authorities concerned in the country through a very effective epidemiological monitoring mechanism, the statement added.
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“All the necessary precautions to ensure highly efficient preventive measures are being taken, including check-ups and observation of people in contact with patients. It’s all done as per the guidelines and standards of the World Health Organisation.”
The ministry advised the public to adopt protective health behaviour to avoid infectious diseases, including washing hands with soap and clean water and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing to stop the spread of germs and viruses.
It urged the public to follow the preventive procedures and to read the awareness instructions, available on its website and the official websites of other health authorities in the UAE.
Source – Khaleejtimes.com
Flexible working hours for mothers whose kids go to nurseries
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has issued circular granting flexible working hours to mothers working in UAE ministries and federal entities who have children in nurseries.
Under the circular, working mothers may arrive two hours late or leave two hours before they finish normal working hours to take care of their children registered at the nurseries and kindergartens which have been suspended for precautionary considerations under an earlier circular by the Ministry of Education.
According to the circular, the flexible working hours will be called off once nurseries are reopened. FAHR urged all entities concerned to commit to the decision as long as it does not affect the workflow.
FAHR’s circular was issued following a decision by the Ministry of Education to temporarily close nurseries and kindergartens nationwide.
Source – Khaleejtimes.com
UAE ministry issues warning about the use of masks
The ministry’s statement as posted on Wam official Twitter account said that N95 masks
are only meant to be used by medical staff working in entities treating coronavirus
patients. Use of these masks by the general public may impose pressure on the user’s
respiratory system and may cause respiratory diseases among its users.
The use of these masks is also strictly forbidden for children.
The N 95 masks have a close facial fit and more filtration material than general surgical masks, enabling them to keep out at least 95 per cent of the particles.
The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 per cent of very small (0.3 microns) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks.
Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite evidence that most people who aren’t sick don’t need to wear them.
Many businesses are sold out, while others are limiting how many a customer can buy. Amazon is policing its site, trying to make sure sellers don’t gouge panicked buyers.
Source : Khaleejtimes.com