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Coronavirus: UAE announces 490 new cases, 6 deaths

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on April 27, 2020 | Last updated on April 27, 2020 at 09.40 pm
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This has bought the total number of cases to 10,839.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday announced 490 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, with the total number of cases coming up to 10,839. 

The ministry also announced 6 deaths, brining the total number of deaths to 82 in the country. 

112 people have recovered in the country, with 2,090 recoveries in the country so far. 

Following the success of the sanitisation drive, select establishments in Dubai have opened partially, while many others are preparing to let customers in again.

The government's quick response to combating the coronavirus in Dubai's Naif area, including weeks of heightened restrictions, hugely helped to contain the spread of coronavirus, and no new cases have been reported in the last few days (see photos here).

The UAE has taken over 100 initiatives over 45 days to combat the Covid-19 coronavirus in the country, both at federal as well as emirate level. After the success of the initial round of the nationwide sterilisation campaign, Dubai on Friday announced an extension of the campaign for another week.

To detect cases early and curb the spread of the coronavirus, the UAE has opened 14 drive-through testing facilities that can screen hundreds of people daily without them having any direct contact with healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, UAE has also started clinical trials of plasma therapy for treatment of Covid-19. Their effectiveness is being researched, and the UAE is keen to further look into studies and treatments around the world.

In a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus, several precautionary measures were put in place in the UAE, including the #StayHome initiative, a nationwide sanitisation drive, guidelines for proper hygiene in homes and workplaces, among others.

Among the latest steps taken by the UAE government is that all residency visas, entry permits and Emirates IDs will remain valid until the end of 2020.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman have also announced restriction on movement of workers to and from other emirates.

Dubai's Covid-19 Command and Control Center has also announced the UAE's first full genome sequencing of the Covid-19 virus. The successful sequencing of the virus from a patient in Dubai was performed by researchers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).


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