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Coronavirus news bulletin from UAE: 375 new cases reported; Dubai visit visa for more nationalities; schools ace distance learning

ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on July 30, 2020
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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 375 Covid-19 cases, 297 recoveries, no deaths

The UAE has recorded no Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours for the fourth time this month. This came as the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 375 new Covid-19 cases and 297 recoveries. More than 47,000 new Covid-19 tests were carried out in the country, the ministry added. Today's announcement takes the total number of cases to 59,921, while recoveries stand at 53,202. The death toll remains at 347. 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.

Visit visas fly as Dubai beckons

Dubai has widened the scope of inbound tourism and has started issuing visit visas to more nationalities, including Indians, from Wednesday onwards, Khaleej Times has learnt.
Dubai, a global tourism hub, suspended issuing visit visas on March 17 as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of Covid-19. With the number of coronavirus infections dwindling, the emirate opened up for tourists from select countries on July 7.

Abu Dhabi allows restaurants, cafes to operate at 80% capacity

Restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and other licensed food outlets in Abu Dhabi can now operate at 80 per cent capacity, according to a new circular issued by the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi. The directive outlined several guidelines that establishments will need to follow to ensure public safety. They are as follows:> Employees will need to undergo laser-based DPI screening every two weeks at designated test centres, and at-work temperature checks every two hours during working hours.> Vulnerable members of staff must be prevented from returning to work, with outlets relying on employees with low-risk health status in order to ensure workplace health and safety.> All staff members must have their body temperature checked on arrival using an infrared thermometer. Outlets located outside malls are permitted to use manual temperature screening devices.

Dh10,000 fine for hosting gatherings, Abu Dhabi Police warn

Abu Dhabi police have issued a fresh warning of legal action and stiff penalties to violators of precautionary measures implemented by the emirate to curb the spread of Covid-19. Violating restrictions related to public and private gatherings, meetings and celebrations will invite a fine of Dh10,000 for those organising such gatherings - and a fine of Dh5,000 for each of the participants attending them. The authority further emphasised the need for everyone to commit to social distancing - and called on them to stay away from family gatherings to avoid the spread of the infection, especially during the four-day Eid Al Adha holiday that begins tomorrow. Members of the public have also been asked to cooperate with authorities by reporting any gatherings or violations of the instructions issued.

Seha's Covid-19 screening centres to remain open during Eid break

Covid-19 screening centres operated by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) will remain open during the four-day Eid Al Adha break. On the day of Eid (July 31) and the next two days, the centres will operate from 10am to 6pm. The Covid-19 Prime Assessment Centres at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (Adnec) and Al Ain Convention Centre will operate from 8am to 8pm throughout the holiday. The National Screening Project Centre in Mussafah and Al Dhafra region will be closed for the four days. The Seha said emergency departments at all its hospitals would remain open for 24 hours. Its clinics will remain closed.

67% of Dubai schools get top marks for e-learning

When the pandemic struck, teachers and students have had to shift to full-time e-learning in a snap, but private schools in Dubai have proven that they can provide top-notch education regardless of where classes take place - on campus or online. Results of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority's (KHDA) Distance Learning Evaluation (DLE) have shown that out of 209 schools, 67 per cent were found offering 'developed' e-learning programmes. The DLE classifies schools' proficiency at providing distance learning as 'developed', 'partially developed', or 'not developed'. And only one per cent - or one school's provision - was 'not developed'. The rest, 32 per cent, got a 'partially developed' result after the assessment.

UAE-approved Covid-19 tests now available in 'all districts' of Kerala

Much to the relief of expats stranded in India's Kerala, there is now a UAE-approved Covid-19 testing facility in every district of the state, except Idukki, Khaleej Times has learnt. MicroHealth Laboratories, a Kerala-based testing facility that has partnered with the UAE's Pure Health, has set up collection facilities and screening centres in all 14 districts across Kerala, except Idukki. Pure Health has been appointed by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) as the UAE's official laboratory partner for conducting pre-flight PCR Covid-19 tests.

New initiative kicks off in Abu Dhabi with seminar on Covid-19 impact on workers

A teleconference on 'Coronavirus crisis and its impact on workers and employers in Abu Dhabi' was organised by the Abu Dhabi Labour Court, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen's Council, to mark the first session of the newly-launched 'Barzah (sitting) with a businessman' initiative, on Wednesday, July 29. The new initiative - rolled out by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) - aims to educate both workers and their employers about their rights, duties and the UAE labour law. In his key note speech at the seminar, advisor Abdullah Fares, president of Abu Dhabi Labour Court, said the initiative aims to educate businessmen about the nature of the employer's relationship with the worker and their duties towards their employees. "This in addition to raising their awareness of the negative effects of collective labour lawsuits as well as to hear their opinions on ways to reduce the number of labour cases filed in labour courts," said Fares.

Abu Dhabi authority announces final results of 'life after coronavirus survey'

The Department of Community Development, DCD, announced the final results of "life after coronavirus survey", with more than 47,000 participants. The survey was conducted to analyse the community's lifestyles, impacts and expectations post-pandemic, highlighting the most prominent challenges to benefit from this experience and ensure better planning for the future. The results indicated that 55 per cent of respondents were females and 45 per cent were males. Fifty-seven per cent of the total respondents showed that life would return to normal in Abu Dhabi this year, while 14 percent expected that life would return in mid-2021, and 29 percent indicated that they were undecided.

Parents stuck in Kuwait, baby girl to celebrate 1st birthday at UAE hospital

Nurses and doctors of a hospital in Abu Dhabi have become family for a newborn whose parents have been stuck in Kuwait due to the Covid-19 situation. The baby girl has been at the hospital for almost a year. Zeina is one of the twin babies born to Kuwaiti parents at the Corniche Hospital. She was born prematurely at 24 weeks on August 8, 2019, and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Zeina's parents had to fly back home to attend to their other children. Since February 8, Zeina has been under the care of the NICU staff. The staff has developed a special bond with Zeina as they saw her grow from a 600-gramme pre-term newborn to an 8kg healthy baby. They witnessed her first smile, heard her first giggle and were inspired by her strength. Zeina will turn one soon and her family hopes they will be able to celebrate her birthday with her back home in Kuwait.

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.


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