The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on a Monday announced 41 new confirmed cases in the UAE and the total number of infected persons with COVID-19 has risen to 611. This was shared in a post from the official Twitter account MDHA on 30th March 2020.
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Aside from the new cases, DHA also shared that 3 recoveries were announced which makes the total recoveries to 61. Sadly, 2 deaths were also reported, which makes the total number of deaths to 5.
The nationalities of the 42 newly confirmed cases include:
1 person each from China, Syria, the Philippines, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Poland, Malaysia,
2 persons each Brazil, Bangladesh, Ireland, Egypt, Britain,
3 persons people from Italy, and
20 people from India
The 3 new recoveries include one person from Sri Lanka and two people from India.
The 2 tragic deaths include an 48-year-old Arab woman who suffered from heart diseases, blood pressure and diabetes, while the second death comes from a 42-year-old Asian who also suffered from heart diseases.
Below is the official Twitter post of the Dubai Health Authority regarding the updates:
— هيئة الصحة بدبي (@DHA_Dubai) March 30, 2020
Below is the Tweet from the Ministry of Health and Prevention regarding this update:
— وزارة الصحة ووقاية المجتمع الإماراتية – MOHAP UAE (@mohapuae) March 30, 2020
Below is the full statement from the Ministry of Health and Prevention:
The UAE Government has announced the detection of 41 new coronavirus cases among various nationalities, taking to 611 the number of infections in the country.
The government also announced the full recovery of three patients and the death of two patients due to health complications. A 48-year-old Arab national died while suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, while an Asian national who died at age 42 also suffered from heart disease. COVID-19 fatalities have now reached five in the UAE.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Health and Prevention during a regular media briefing on Monday, wherein Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, highlighted the latest COVID-19 developments in the country and the measures taken by Emirati authorities to combat the spread of the pandemic.
Dr. Al Hosani affirmed that ”The 41 patients are receiving the necessary healthcare. Two of them are under intensive care, while the others are in a stable condition.”
The new cases belong to various nationalities, including one each from China, Syria, the Philippines, Australia, the UAE, Sudan, Poland, and Malaysia; two each from Brazil, Bangladesh, Ireland, Egypt, and Britain; three from Italy, and 20 from India.
During the media briefing, the government announced the full recovery of an additional three patients–two Indians and a Sri Lankan–taking the total recoveries to 61.
Dr. Al Hosani explained that the increase in cases announced in recent days was connected to travel and direct contact with people arriving from abroad. However, some diagnosed cases were related to contact and human-to-human transmission inside the country, which is expected and common in other countries.
The disease, she stressed, is not confined to a specific geographic area, noting that a previously monitored and confirmed case had come in contact with others, infecting 36 people.
Dr. Al Hosani also referred to directives by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi to set up drive-through centres across the UAE to test for the coronavirus following the launch of the first such centre in Abu Dhabi.
The test centres will open in Dubai, Sharjah (which will also serve Ajman and Umm al Qaiwain), Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra to provide rapid testing for citizens and residents across the UAE using the latest medical technology. Priority will be given to people suffering from respiratory and chronic diseases, senior citizens, and pregnant women.
”These drive-through COVID-19 test centres contain a safe environment, which reduces contact and can offer a five-minute, in-vehicle test for COVID-19 to 600 people per day,” she added.
Elaborating on preventive measures, Dr. Al Hosani explained that face masks are compulsory for people suffering from respiratory symptoms such as coughing, flu, and fever, in crowded and closed places.
She called upon retail outlets not to oblige all customers to wear face masks except for select groups. She stressed that sharing face masks is unhealthy and can spread the virus.
”Used masks should be disposed of in a safe, healthy way and thrown in closed containers,” she concluded.