Coronavirus news bulletin from UAE: Recoveries continue to rise; 10-year visa for 90 doctors; vaccine trial for UAE residents

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Abu Dhabi - A round-up of major developments related to Covid-19 across the country.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 10:31 AM

Here's a round-up of all the latest Covid-19 developments you need to know:
UAE reports 211 new Covid-19 cases, 352 recoveries, 1 death
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday reported 211 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 352 recoveries. One new death was also reported. As many as 47,000 new Covid-19 tests have also been carried out, the ministry added.mThe 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 stolen a march over other countries in the quest for a vaccine against Covid-19 with the launch of the final phase 3 human trials. Coordination is underway to open registration for nationals and residents across the UAE who wish to volunteer for Phase III clinical trials of inactivated vaccine.
90 frontline doctors in Dubai get 10-year visa
Ninety doctors in Dubai have been added to the list of Covid-19 frontliners who were granted golden visas in the UAE. Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital on Sunday confirmed that 90 of their doctors were given the 10-year residence visas in appreciation of their efforts and dedication as they treated patients amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Announced last year, the golden visa is a 10-year permanent residency visa granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs who have made a mark in their sectors. In May this year, 212 expat doctors at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) received the same visa, based on a directive issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Soon, residents across UAE can volunteer for Covid-19 vaccine trial
Coordination is underway to open registration for nationals and residents across the UAE who wish to volunteer for Phase III clinical trials of inactivated vaccine, according to an update from the Abu Dhabi Media office. Details of locations for receiving volunteers would be published soon by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, it added. The update broadens the scope of those who can volunteer for the trials, which are a world first and which were initially announced for residents of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain only. Interested volunteers were invited to register via the website.
Ajman restarts bus services to Dubai
The Government of Ajman's Transport Authority has announced the resumption of public bus services between Ajman and Dubai. Ajman Transport announced on Twitter and facebook that, starting Sunday, commuters and visitors can take the bus from Ajman to Union Metro Station, Rashidiya Metro Station, and Al Qusais Metro Station in Dubai. Buses to all three locations will depart every one hour. Ajman Transport also announced that the service will be available every day from 6am to 10pm. Tickets are priced at Dh15 per person and passengers need to use their Massar card. The cards can be topped up online at the Ajman Transport Authority's website, or passengers can download and use the Massar app. The app allows users to make cashless payments, instantly book bus tickets and recharge their Masar cards that can be read and processed by touching the card to the back of an Android phone.
100% of Sharjah government employees return to workplaces
Government employees across Sharjah returned to work at 100 per cent capacity from Sunday, July 19 as the emirate works to return to normality following the restrictions put in place to combat the spread of Covid-19. Dr. Tariq Sultan bin Khadem, Member of the Sharjah Executive Council and Chairman of the Sharjah Human Resources Directorate (SHRD), said that 100 per cent of the employees will return on Sunday, July 19, to their workplaces in the departments and entities and institutions of the Sharjah Government, in line with the directives of the Sharjah Executive Council, and based on the circular issued by the Directorate.

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