Coronavirus news bulletin from UAE: 399 new cases reported; 700 kids of frontliners to get free education; 79 nurseries appeal for reopening
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 Wednesday reported 399 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 316 recoveries. The authority also announced one death as a result of the illness. The UAE could be at risk of a second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak if residents do not adhere to the strict precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, a top official has warned. "The pandemic has not ended. If UAE residents do not adhere to preventive measures, we will be on the verge of a second outbreak," Obaid Al Hussan Al Shamsi, director-general of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, said earlier this week in an interview on Abu Dhabi TV.
Free education will be provided to 700 children of frontline healthcare workers, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced. The medics' children will be able to study in UAE public schools for free until they complete Grade 12, the ministry said. The initiative has been introduced in recognition of frontliners' efforts in the fight against Covid-19. It is a token of thanks and gratitude as medical workers continue to make sacrifices every day to help the country beat the pandemic. Dr Sajeev Nair, pulmonologist at LLH Hospital in Musaffah, hailed the move, saying it certainly lifted their spirits and gave them motivation to do better in fighting the virus and treating patients.
Arm your kids with personal protective kits - including face masks, hand sanitiers and gloves - whenever they attend school, as part of the measures to combat Covid-19 pandemic, parents have been told. The Ministry of Education (MoE) said these safety requirements were important for students as they return to schools for in-class lessons next week when the new academic year begins. The ministry said that plans were afoot to ensure a gradual return of students of all educational stages in all UAE schools. A document related to school reopening has been developed, which contains a set of protocols, requirements and precautionary measures that must be followed by all UAE educational facilities to create a safe, healthy and learning-stimulating educational environment when operating amid the pandemic, the MoE pointed out.
You've heard it: Amid Covid-19, we are all responsible. But what does it take to be responsible? Even though the UAE has managed to control the spread of the virus to a large extent, the irresponsible behaviour of a few residents has led to a surge in cases. Through this two-week series, Khaleej Times will feature residents who have adopted a socially distanced lifestyle so that the community stays safe. Take note of best practices so that you, too, could declare #IAmResponsible. The past few months of the pandemic have given Jijo Joseph a new slant on life: One in which health and safety measures are no longer just a necessity but a habit. The 37-year-old Abu Dhabi resident made changes to his lifestyle and ensured others follow practices to contain the spread of the virus.
Around 79 nurseries in the UAE have come together to appeal to the authorities for support and reopening guidance. They said they are ready to comply with all safety measures, if they are given a chance to operate again. In a petition, the nursery owners stated that as they await reopening orders, 50 to 75 per cent of nursery facilities could close down in the coming month. Nurseries had been shut since March as part of precautionary measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. "Whilst we understand the health and safety requirements and the prudent measures taken by the UAE authorities for the safeguarding of all our children and our citizens, and are fully supportive of the same," nursery owners said in the petition that was written in both Arabic and English.
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