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Coronavirus news bulletin from UAE: 1,234 new cases reported; 5 scientists get Dh2.5m in grants for Covid research

ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on November 3, 2020

Around-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 1,234 Covid-19 cases, 1,516 recoveries, 1 death

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday reported 1,234 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,516 recoveries. One death was also reported. As many as 71,466 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total to over 13.3 million testsso far. In a pilot project announced yesterday, Tasjeel Auto Village in Sharjah has rolled out a drive-through car testing service in coordination with the Sharjah Police. The service ensures adherence to Covid-19 safety measures. The drive-through centre offers services like checking number plates and mileage; and testing lights, tyres, paint and under-hood condition. Earlier, basic testing and registration services required a physical inspection. With the new service, motorists can complete their vehicle inspections from the comfort of their vehicles "within two minutes".

UAE researchers design reusable 3D-printed mask that meets N95 requirements

A team of researchers at Khalifa University of Science and Technology has designed a reusable 3D-printed mask as a potential replacement for standard N95 masks that are in short supply amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The university’s Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) said on Monday that the team is currently developing various aspects of the design. They are taking into consideration requirements, including filtration performance, geometry/fit, flexibility, material suitability for medical applications, and manufacturability. Medically graded materials were used in the manufacture of the components. A prototype has already been printed and an assessment will be performed before it is approved. The N95 respirators and surgical masks (face masks) are personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects the wearer from airborne particles and liquid contaminating the face. They are critical supplies for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Five UAE-based scientists get Dh2.5 million in grants for Covid-19 research

Dubai-based Al Jalila Foundation has awarded Dh2.5 million in seed grants to five UAE-based medical researchers. The Covid-19 research grants in the areas of genetics, therapies and diagnosis are the first to be awarded under the recently inaugurated Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute to help enhance the UAE’s capacity to address the pandemic and other viral diseases in the future. The recipients were selected from a total of 91 scientists from 26 institutions. The five selected scientists will receive grants of up to Dh500,000 each. The research awards were presented by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, during a ceremony at Al Jalila Foundation.

Dubai survey to gauge Covid-19 impact on wellbeing of students, teachers

Around 100,000 students across Dubai’s private schools are expected to take part in this year’s wellbeing census of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Rolled out for the fourth consecutive year, the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census and the Adults@School Wellbeing Survey include new questions about Covid-19 and its impact on one’s emotional and psychological health. Dr Abdulla Al Karam, chairman of the Board of Directors and director-general of KHDA, said: “We’ve always said that wellbeing-based education prepares students not for a life of tests, but for the tests of life. This year, life has thrown us one of the biggest tests we’ve ever faced. What has helped us to work through this test was not our academic performance, but our resilience, our optimism, and our relationships with others.

Celebrating UAE Flag Day? Here's what you need to know

As the UAE prepares to celebrate the Flag Day on November 3, the authorities have put in place precautionary measures that will have to be adhered to by public and private entities. A Covid-19 negative result, disinfection of areas of the activity and limiting the number of attendees to 20 people are some of the measures to be followed on Flag Day when there will be flag hoisting around the country. The Flag Day is celebrated every year to consolidate national identity and enhance the notion of unity. The UAE Flag Day was first launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

No field trips, less group work in Dubai schools’ new-normal syllabi

Schools in Dubai have been making amendments to their syllabi, incorporating the new requirements of their affiliated boards and trimming portions related to outdoor activities and group work. Internal assessments — like tests, projects, presentations and essays — are being given extra importance this academic year, school heads explained. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Andreas Swoboda, principal of Uptown International School, said: “Our curricula have been adapted to suit the style of teaching and the resulting needs of our learners given the current requirement for socially distanced learning.” Owing to Covid-19’s impact on teaching and learning in many countries, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) has published amended guidelines for the next IBDP exams. Requirements in several subjects have been reduced, Swoboda said.

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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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