Coronavirus news bulletin: 239 new cases reported; Indian visit visa holders can soon travel to UAE; free therapy helps patients return to normal routines
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:
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday reported 239 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 230 recoveries. The nation once again recorded no deaths in the past 24 hours. The new cases were identified after conducting additional 63,792 tests. This brings the total number of cases to 62,300 and the total recoveries to 56,245. In a statement, the ministry affirmed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. The UAE has seen a 30 per cent rise in coronavirus infections among citizens recently and health authorities are asking people to avoid crowds and family gatherings.
There is an overwhelming demand for Phase-5 air tickets of the UAE-India Vande Bharat Mission. Majority of the people are targeting flights before August 10 - the deadline for expired visit or tourist visa holders to exit the country without paying fine. Since July 16 when the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced the amnesty date, the India Social and Cultural Centre (ISC) Abu Dhabi, where Arabian Travel Agency, the general sales agent of Air India Express is temporarily operating, burst at the seams with 450-500 people seeking tickets. And taking a cue, the schedule of Phase-5 flights was released by Indian authorities. The surge in number of people continued during the Eid Al Adha holidays. With rising requests for flights, Air India and Air India Express added services to their schedule. Abu Dhabi-Mangalore was extended to Kozhikode, and services added to Hyderabad, Kannur and Bengaluru.
Visit visa holders from India can soon travel to the UAE based on an 'Air Bubble' agreement being finalised between the two countries. This follows a decision by India's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to ease visa and travel related restrictions to a list of countries, to which UAE will soon be added.
Quick diagnosis and supportive care are some of the factors that have helped the UAE see a steady rise in the number of its Covid-19 recoveries, which have reached over 90 per cent of total cases. Some hospitals are taking the treatment beyond recovery, supporting patients through wellness programmes and rehabilitation therapies that can help them return to their normal life. A free-of-cost rehabilitation programme has been launched for Covid-19 patients in Ras Al Khaimah. This programme by RAK Hospital comprises physician consultations, diet advice, psychological support and physical therapy.
Locals mount rescue operation after Air Express India flight crash amid rains, Covid-19
Officials in Kerala are commending the efforts of locals who rushed to help with the rescue efforts as soon an Air India Express flight crash-landed in Kozhikode. They did this amid heavy rains and as the area remained under lockdown due to Covid-19. Mohammad Rafi, standing committee chairman at Kondotty Municipality, told Khaleej Times over the phone from Kerala: "I heard a loud thud first. Soon after, I received a call from my friend, who asked me to keep things ready at the district's Relief Hospital and Trauma Centre and Mercy Hospital. These are the two hospitals which are closest to the airport.
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