SHEIKH MOHAMED: STAY AT HOME AND BE RESPONSIBLE
▶ Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi says people socialising in Ramadan has increased Covid-19 cases
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed reinforced the UAE’s stay-athome message on Thursday, telling residents he feared a surge in coronavirus cases over Eid.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces urged members of the public to behave responsibly and help the country to beat the threat.
Sheikh Mohamed stressed the need to continue the good work of health officials, asking residents to remain at home over Eid. “We want to keep our numbers low and they are starting to be somewhat promising,” he said.
“However, this changed in Ramadan. So what I ask of our residents and citizens is to stay home during the last week of Ramadan and during Eid, especially for older people, children and people with special needs.
“I know it is hard but for us it means saving lives. For us, it means keeping our loved ones safe.”
On Thursday, the UAE recorded a further 894 new cases after conducting 43,000 more tests. The rate of patients recovering outweighed new cases for a fourth day with 946 residents making a full recovery.
The ministry reported four more deaths, bringing the
UAE’s death toll to 237. Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services Company (Seha) will increase its weekly Covid-19 testing capability by more than two thirds in the coming days. The hospital group is opening nine sites across the country and increasing the operating hours of some of its centres.
It will help Seha process 7,000 more tests a week.
About 10,000 medics have contracted Covid-19 in Iran, the semi-official Ilna news agency reported on Thursday.
Qassem Janbabai said several health workers had died.
The number of coronavirus cases in the world passed five million on Thursday.
The latest tally reveals a rise of more than a million in less than 20 days. Many countries continue to report rising daily tolls, with Brazil and Russia in recent weeks recording rapidly increasing caseloads.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, with, from left, Sheikha Fatima bint Mohamed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon, Sheikh Mohamed bin Nahyan bin Saif, and Sheikha Shamma bint Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed during a Ramadan majlis