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Covid latest: UAE to make Sinopharm vaccine; new field hospital opens

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Published on March 29, 2021 at 09.23

A round-up of major developments related to Covid-19 in the UAE.

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Sinopharm made in the UAE

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi launched Life Sciences and Vaccine Manufacturing in the UAE — a joint project by the UAE’s Group 42 and China’s CNBG (Sinopharm), to initiate the first Covid-19 vaccine production line in the UAE. Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State carried a prototype of the new vaccine before attending a live streaming from the vaccine production site in the UAE. Read more

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Sharjah opens Covid hospital

The Mohamed Bin Zayed Field Hospital (MBZFH) for Covid-19 patients officially opened in Sharjah on Sunday. Built in just 10 days, the 7,000sqm field hospital has 204 beds, 48 of which are for intensive care and 156 for moderate and severe cases. Its medical team is comprised of 75 doctors, 231 nurses, 44 technicians and assistant health personnel. Read more

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UAE reports 2,128 Covid-19 cases, 2,243 recoveries, 4 deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday reported 2,128 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 2,243 recoveries and 4 deaths. The new cases were detected through 230,734 additional tests. More than 36.9 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the UAE so far. The total number of cases in UAE as on March 28 are 455,197, while total recoveries stand at 438,706. The death toll rises to 1,481. Read more

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Covid vaccine UAE: 122,069 doses administered in 24 hours

The UAE has administered 122,069 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours. The country's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the total doses administered now stands at 8.8 million. This takes the rate of doses per 100 people to 81.7. Read more

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A million Covid queries answered

Since the beginning of the vaccination drive in Dubai in December 2020, the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) call centre 800-342 addressed 1.4 million calls, of which 1.02 million were Covid-related. The peak-time calls during the vaccination campaign reached 38,817 calls per day — a 215 per cent increase compared to calls during the pandemic. Read more

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Free course for residents on job hunt

Set to kick off on April 1, the ‘Finding Light Now’ initiative is hoping to help people who lost their jobs to Covid-19, with a five-week skills improvement programme. The online course will be free of charge and, by the end of it, five individuals will be offered employment. The founder, psychologist and life coach Hiba Balfaqih, described the course as a ‘aiming to help unemployed men and women develop their mind, body, spirit, and social skills to gain new employable skills. Read more

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Schools caution spring break travellers

Schools in Dubai have been announced that if students or staff travel during the spring break, they are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, which must be valid within 48 hours of the start of school. Alternatively, children may return to school after a 10-day home quarantine following their travel. They must also declare their recent travel history by filling the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) form online. Read more

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Nearly half of employees in UAE expect pay hike in 2021

Nearly half of Emiratis and expats are expecting a salary hike this year, though a larger percentage believe their pay will remain the same, a new poll has found. Around 49 per cent of UAE nationals and expatriates expect to move employers in 2021, suggesting optimism for the number of available jobs in the local market going forward. The report also found 33 per cent of expatriates’ salaries to have increased in the past 12 months and 25 per cent of Emiratis received a pay rise. Read more

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‘Though muted, Holi gave splash of colour to pandemic life’

For the second year in a row, Indian expatriates observed muted Holi celebrations on Sunday. Due to the pandemic, celebrations have primarily become an intimate, family-only. Residents chose to celebrate with their closest friends and family members while maintaining social distancing norms. Read more

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