In­dia targets 300 mil­lion virus vac­cine vol­un­teers

UAE cul­ture and youth min­is­ter re­ceives vac­cine dose; coun­try re­ports 1,538 new cases and 4 deaths; Sharjah Po­lice record over 21,000 vi­o­la­tions; RTA re­sumes Global Village bus, Abra ser­vices; Europe crosses 150,000 daily cases mark.

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In­dia’s coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions rose by an­other 62,212 cases over the pre­vi­ous day and a lo­cal me­dia re­port said on Satur­day that the govern­ment had be­gun iden­ti­fy­ing about 300 mil­lion peo­ple who would be given the vac­cine first when it is ready.

The Times of In­dia said that front­line health and san­i­ta­tion work­ers, po­lice of­fi­cials and el­derly peo­ple with co-mor­bidi­ties will get the vac­cine on pri­or­ity.

The plan, which is still in the drat stage, aims to cover 23% of the pop­u­la­tion in the first phase. The final plan is likely to be ready by end Oc­to­ber-novem­ber, the re­port said.

The se­lected in­di­vid­u­als will be given an es­ti­mated 600 mil­lion doses.

The UAE Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Youth, Noura Bint Mo­hammed Al Kaabi, has be­come the lat­est min­is­ter to re­ceive COVID-19 vac­cine.

She shared a photo on her In­sta­gram where she can be seen re­ceiv­ing COVID-19 vac­cine.

In her In­sta­gram post she also praises the nurse who ad­min­is­tered the vac­cine.

The Min­istry of Health and Pre­ven­tion (MoHAP), an­nounced that it has con­ducted 130,567 ad­di­tional COVID-19 tests which de­tected 1,538 new coro­n­avirus cases. MOHAP also an­nounced 4 deaths due to COVID-19 com­pli­ca­tions.

MOHAP also noted an ad­di­tional 1,411 in­di­vid­u­als had fully re­cov­ered from COVID-19.

The Labour Ac­com­mo­da­tion In­spec­tion Com­mi­tee of the Sharjah Po­lice, SP, recorded more than 21,000 vi­o­la­tions against COVID-19 pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures dur­ing its in­spec­tion cam­paigns at labour ac­com­mo­da­tions in var­i­ous ar­eas of the emi­rate of Sharjah.

Dubai’s Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity (RTA), has de­cided to re­sume op­er­a­tions of the four bus routes that serve the Global Village from the start of its new sea­son 2020-2021.

The RTA will also re­sume the elec­tric Abra tourist ser­vices in­side the village as of Oct.25, 2020, the date co­in­cides with the sil­ver ju­bilee of this premier tourist and fam­ily des­ti­na­tion.

“We will en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pre­ven­tive health mea­sures aboard the public buses and at sta­tions to safe­guard against the spread of COVID-19 amongst pas­sen­gers, driv­ers and staff at sta­tions,” said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Trans­port Agency, RTA.

Europe sur­passed 150,000 daily coro­n­avirus cases on Fri­day just a week ater re­port­ing 100,000 cases for the first time, ac­cord­ing to Reuters tally, with coun­tries such as France, Ger­many re­port­ing record daily num­bers of in­fec­tions this week.

Much of Europe has tight­ened curbs in­clud­ing mea­sures such as shut­ing or or­der­ing early clos­ing of bars, but now the surg­ing in­fec­tion rates are also test­ing gov­ern­ments’ re­solve to keep schools and NON-COVID med­i­cal care go­ing.

Glob­ally, cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Fri­day, a record one­day in­crease. As a re­gion, Europe is re­port­ing more daily cases than In­dia, Brazil and the United States com­bined. The in­crease is partly ex­plained by far more test­ing than was done in the first wave of the pan­demic.

Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel urged Ger­mans to come to­gether like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coro­n­avirus as the coun­try posted an­other daily record of new cases Satur­day.

“Dif­fi­cult months are ahead of us,” she said in her weekly video pod­cast. “How win­ter will be, how our Christ­mas will be, that will all be de­cided in these com­ing days and weeks, and it will be de­cided by our be­hav­iour.”

In Paris and eight other French cities, restau­rants, bars, movie the­aters and other es­tab­lish­ments were be­ing forced to close no later than 9:00pm to try to re­duce con­tact among peo­ple. The coun­try was de­ploy­ing 12,000 extra po­lice of­fi­cers to en­force the new rules.

In Bri­tain, a three-tier re­gional ap­proach to ba­tle the pan­demic in­tro­duced by Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son went into ef­fect, with each level bring­ing pro­gres­sively tighter re­stric­tions.

On Satur­day, tier-2 cities like Lon­don and York were sub­ject to a ban on so­cial­iz­ing with peo­ple from other house­holds in­doors, while the county of Lan­cashire joined Liverpool in tier 3 with the tight­est re­stric­tions.

Aus­trian For­eign Min­is­ter Alexan­der Schal­len­berg joined the list of top politi­cians who have tested pos­i­tive for the virus, and was quar­an­tined though he showed no symp­toms, his of­fice told Aus­tria’s APA news agency.

UAE me­dia pro­fes­sion­als have high­lighted the need for im­prove­ment in re­port­ing on chil­dren’s is­sues, and strength­en­ing me­dia’s con­tri­bu­tion to pos­i­tively in­flu­ence public opin­ion and nur­ture child-friendly so­cial norms. They also stressed on the need to de­velop ef­fec­tive me­dia poli­cies to safe­guard chil­dren’s rights.

These opin­ions were shared dur­ing a work­shop or­gan­ised by the Child Safety Depart­ment (CSD), an af­fil­i­ate of the Supreme Coun­cil for Fam­ily Af­fairs (SCFA) in Sharjah, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of Sharjah’s Cen­ter for Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment.

The vir­tual work­shop saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 50 me­dia pro­fes­sion­als across the UAE, as well as stu­dents of me­dia stud­ies and mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Prof. Radhi Muhsin Al Zubaidi, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment, wel­comed the par­tic­i­pants, em­pha­sis­ing the cen­ter’s keen­ness to sup­port such aware­ness ini­tia­tives be­cause of their pos­i­tive im­pact in build­ing an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety.

Work­shop pre­sen­ters Dr. Ahmed Farouk, Dr. Engy Khalil and Dr. Sha­reefa Al Mar­zooqi from the Univer­sity of Sharjah’s fac­ulty of the Col­lege of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, dis­cussed the prin­ci­ples of re­port­ing on chil­dren’s is­sues in me­dia, how to en­sure the adop­tion of a re­spon­si­ble me­dia policy to­wards them, and high­lighted the need for analysing case stud­ies of me­dia con­tent which vi­o­lated rights of chil­dren.

The in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion saw par­tic­i­pants shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences and chal­lenges while cov­er­ing child-re­lated cases and iden­ti­fied the is­sues that arose when re­port­ing on child abuse and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases. They also pointed out vi­o­la­tions in ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­rial di­rected at chil­dren and eval­u­ated the ad­her­ence to pro­fes­sional prin­ci­ples of re­port­ing on child-re­lated cases in sev­eral pub­lished news sto­ries. Par­tic­i­pants pre­sented pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive in­stances of the me­dia deal­ing with cases re­lated to chil­dren with dis­abil­ity and spe­cial needs.

Dr. Engy Khalil elab­o­rated on pro­fes­sional prin­ci­ples of re­port­ing on chil­dren’s is­sues in me­dia, show­cas­ing a num­ber of ar­ti­cles pub­lished in the Arab and in­ter­na­tional me­dia. They in­cluded the prin­ci­ples and rights de­fined by the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly, in ad­di­tion to the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child, and the Pro­fes­sional Prin­ci­ples of Arab Me­dia in Han­dling Child Right Is­sues.

She re­marked that the ex­am­ples show­cased the ethics and prin­ci­ples that should be im­ple­mented in me­dia re­port­ing when ad­dress­ing is­sues re­lated to chil­dren. They in­clude eq­uity, non-dis­crim­i­na­tion, free­dom of thought and ex­pres­sion, pro­tec­tion of child pri­vacy, trans­parency, ac­cu­racy, re­spect­ing fam­ily’s role, me­dia sup­port, in­te­gra­tion and as­sis­tance.

For her part, Dr. Sha­reefa Al Mar­zooqi, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Sharjah’s Fac­ulty of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, show­cased pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive ex­am­ples of me­dia re­port­ing in lo­cal and re­gional me­dia, ex­plain­ing the vi­o­la­tions as well as ad­her­ence to the pro­fes­sional and eth­i­cal guide­lines on re­port­ing on chil­dren’s is­sues.

Al Mar­zooqi stressed the im­por­tance of in­clud­ing every as­pect of re­port­ing, from writ­ing, to pho­tog­ra­phy, video, and dis­tri­bu­tion on so­cial me­dia, in en­sur­ing chil­dren’s rights. She also em­pha­sised the im­por­tant role of the fam­ily in rais­ing aware­ness in chil­dren, who fol­low the news and are more en­gaged with their sur­round­ings due to their ac­cess to a dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ment.

Speak­ing about the ways of build­ing a re­spon­si­ble me­dia policy to­wards chil­dren, Dr. Ahmed Farouk, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Sharjah’s Fac­ulty of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, de­fined me­dia policy as a set of de­vel­oped prin­ci­ples and guide­lines to help jour­nal­ists re­port on chil­dren’s is­sues in a way that en­ables them to serve public in­ter­est with­out com­pro­mis­ing rights of chil­dren.

Dr. Ahmed Farouk dis­cussed the fac­tors that in­flu­ence the for­ma­tion of me­dia policy, and the mis­sion, vi­sion, ethics, and the gen­eral goals of poli­cies in­volv­ing chil­dren’s is­sues. He noted that jour­nal­ists have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to not only re­spect chil­dren’s rights but also ac­tively pro­mote them in me­dia. They also had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­trib­ute to nur­tur­ing the so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal growth of chil­dren, he fur­ther added.

Reuters

↑ Chil­dren, dressed up as Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg and John Lewis, sit as ac­tivists par­tic­i­pate in a protest against Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to fill the seat in the Supreme Court in Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day.

↑ UAE me­dia pro­fes­sion­als have stressed on the need to de­velop ef­fec­tive me­dia poli­cies to safe­guard chil­dren’s rights.

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