Coronavirus news bulletin from UAE: 393 new recoveries reported; no death in 24 hours for third time; families all set for intimate Eid feast
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 313 new Covid-19 cases, 393 recoveries, no deaths
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday reported 313 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 393 recoveries. No new deaths were reported. Today's announcement takes the total number of cases to 58,562, while recoveries stand at 51,628. The death toll rises to 343. As many as 52,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out, the health ministry added.
The UAE has recorded no Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours for the third time this month. This came as the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday reported 313 cases of Covid-19 and 393 recoveries. The announcement takes the total number of cases to 58,562, while recoveries stand at 51,628. The death toll is 343. Over 52,000 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, the ministry added. On July 15, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, took to Twitter to announce that the country hadn't seen a single death due to Covid-19 in 24 hours. The country did not record any deaths from complications caused by the virus the next day either.
Galadari Brothers pledges Rs10m to help repatriate stranded Pakistanis
Sayed Zulfi Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and HRD, became the first official dignitary to visit the UAE after the Covid-19 restrictions were eased. During a two-day visit, Bukhari met UAE Minister for Human Resources and Emiratisation Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli to discuss issues pertaining to the job situation of Pakistani expats. He also visited the Khaleej Times headquarters on Saturday. During a meeting with Bukhari, Suhail Galadari, Co-Chairman of Galadari Brothers, committed Rs10 million for the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis in the UAE. He also pledged to invest in the hospitality and tourism sector of Pakistan in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan's tourism vision, which is being effectively implemented by Bukhari.
UAE hospital launches support group for Covid-19 patients
A support system launched by a UAE hospital group aims to ensure the "holistic well-being" of Covid-19 patients and help them deal with psychological and physiological challenges. Aster Hospitals said the rising number of patient cases globally and significant number of recoveries have brought to front the rehabilitation needs of recovered cases. Such patients "may have become deconditioned due to long periods of isolation, mental trauma caused by fear or uncertainty regarding the disease and long periods of critical care requiring intubation or ventilator support, movement restrictions and related complications". The patient support group called 'Cosmos' aims to specifically address this.
Abu Dhabi reopens more beaches, parks
More public beaches and parks have been reopened in Abu Dhabi with stringent precautionary measures, the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) in the emirate announced on Friday. Reopening the public amenities is part of the entity's gradual easing of restrictions on selected parks and beaches. Through DMT's The Hygienic City campaign, with the slogan #itstartswithyou, residents are still strongly advised to continue social distancing and wear masks in all public places. The campaign reminds every resident that they have a vital role to play in preventing the virus from spreading and that wearing a face mask in any public place is paramount. At entrances of each reopened public beach and park, thermal cameras check visitors' temperatures and restrictions are in place for groups, couples and individuals, which include limiting the maximum number of people in a group to five.
Families all set for intimate Eid Al Adha celebrations
Family plans are set and shopping lists are almost complete as UAE residents get ready for the upcoming Eid Al Adha. In the middle of all hustle and bustle, however, safety has been on top of everybody's minds. People have reiterated that they understand how 'unusual' these days have become, with almost everything transformed into a 'new normal'. Social gatherings and large congregational prayers - which used to be among the highly anticipated parts of Eid Al Adha - have had to go. Committed to following all safety rules to fight the spread of Covid-19, residents shared how they would make the most of the special occasion without compromising on health and safety. Reem Hamdy Ahmed Mohammed Ghazaly, an Emirati, said: "My husband and I will go and meet my parents and my sister. But we will make sure that we stick to all safety protocols."
Pakistani-Emirati hospital treats 10,000 Covid-19 patients
Over 10,000 Covid-19 patients have benefitted from a 1,400-bed hospital in Pakistan built by the UAE. The Pakistani-Emirati Military Hospital in Rawalpindi has been providing medical treatment, thanks to the UAE's humanitarian and developmental initiatives to combat pandemics and natural calamities. In the last three months, the UAE sent three shipments of medical aid to Pakistan, totally weighing 18.3 tonnes, in addition to 20,000 coronavirus testing devices to help over 18,300 medical workers. Operated by 350 doctors, 800 nursing staff and 1,500 technical and administrative staff, the hospital can cater to between 6,000 and 9,000 patients daily - three million people in a year.
Schools in Dubai have started devising concrete alternatives to on-campus learning, as several parents remain unsure of sending their children to classrooms after the summer break. This also comes on the heels of a recent advisory from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), stating that once the academic year has started, "schools cannot choose to change the education model they are offering without prior approval".
Now, kids can borrow books again at Abu Dhabi Library
Book lending services have resumed at the Abu Dhabi Children's Library, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has said. No children are allowed in the library, but parents can use their child's library card to borrow and return books, explained the authority. The library at the Cultural Foundation will otherwise remain closed to the public. "We are so pleased to be able to resume book lending services and offer online classes so the younger generation may continue to expand their horizons. The adaptation of our regular arts and educational programming into the virtual realm will ensure that children may express themselves and take comfort in a creative outlet," said Reem Fadda, director of the Cultural Foundation.
Pandemics can be a stressful time for both men and women. However, a recent global survey has shown that women have been more prone to stress, depression and anxiety over the past few months amid Covid-19 pandemic. A survey by Total Brain stated that 83 per cent of women and 36 per cent of men had experienced an increase in 'depressed moods'. It also stated that 53 per cent of working women and 29 per cent of working men have seen a spike in anxiety since February.
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