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UAE Covid latest: New Ramadan rules; docs say get jabs before surgeries

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Published on March 27, 2021 at 10.19

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

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UAE Covid vaccine: Get jabs before surgeries, say docs

It’s best to get vaccinated before undergoing elective surgeries, UAE experts have advised, after a global study by COVIDSurg Collaborative, found that a small percentage of patients developed Covid infection following an operation. Vaccination could potentially help avoid up to 60,000 post-operative deaths linked to the virus, according to the study. - Read more

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UAE reports 2,128 Covid-19 cases, 2,262 recoveries, 6 deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Friday reported 2,128 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 2,262 recoveries and 6 deaths. The new cases were detected through 236,782 additional tests. More than 36.4 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the UAE so far. The total number of cases in UAE as of March 26 is 450,765, while total recoveries stand at 434,035. The death toll rises to 1,472. - Read more
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New Covid rules, bans issued in Umm Al Quwain

The Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Team in Umm Al Quwain has issued new rules for public safety in Ramadan amid the Covid pandemic. Under the new guidelines, home visits and family gatherings are banned, with families encouraged to gather online instead. They have also been advised not to exchange or distribute meals between themselves. Iftar and/or commercial Ramadan tents, whether set up by a family or any other organisation, are also banned as the emirate encourages residents to stay away from gatherings. Distributing Qurans and other gifts are prohibited in workplaces. - Read more

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When Covid hushed the Naif rush

A year ago, Naif was one of the first to be placed in strict quarantine in Dubai. Streets were sealed off, while an intense sterilisation programme kept everyone indoors 24 hours for a month. To control the spread of Covid-19, the emirate’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management closed all entry and exit points into the neighbourhood on March 28 last year. During that time, nearly 60,000 tests were carried out in the district alone. Movement restrictions were eventually eased on April 26, 2020. - Read more

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UAE leads global vaccine drive

The UAE has become the hub for Covid-19 vaccine distribution, as the country leads the global drive to ship 8 billion doses over the next two years, top officials said. “It is expected that about 4 billion out of the 7 billion population of the earth will be required to be vaccinated in order for all of us to stamp out this pandemic. The 4 billion on average are going to require each one of the two doses; that means you need 8 billion doses to be transported around the world,” said Dr Omar Najim, Executive Office Director, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. - Read more

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New initiative offers at-home vaccine for some residents

Abu Dhabi has launched a new initiative whereby senior citizens and residents can now receive Covid-19 jabs at home. The home vaccination service is aimed at prioritising the protection of the vulnerable in society. Eligible citizens and residents in the Capital can book the home vaccination service by calling Seha’s toll-free number 800-50. - Read more

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Covid vaccine UAE: 69,142 doses administered in 24 hours

The UAE has administered 69,142 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in 24 hours on Friday. The country's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the total doses administered now stands at 7.79 million. This takes the rate of doses per 100 people to 78.86. - Read more

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