The UAE Warns COVID-19 Pandemic Is ‘Not Over’

BY Aisha Rauf / May 28 2020 / 09:01 AM

Residents and citizens are still advised to take precautions and be responsible, as 883 new cases were detected yesterday

The UAE Warns COVID-19 Pandemic Is ‘Not Over’

While lockdown restrictions are starting to ease up within the UAE, the government is still urging residents to be vigilant and mindful when leaving their homes.

With the National Sterilisation Programme has been reduced by a few hours (it’s still taking place from 23:00 – 6:00) and businesses are starting to reopen – including gyms and cinemas – members of the public are beginning to enjoy, yet again, free movement throughtout the city.

The UAE authorities, however, have warned that the resumption of economic activities in the country does not mean that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. In the last 24 hours, 883 new cases were detected.

According to Arabian Business Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, a government spokeswoman, said that 389 patients fully recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,371.

Currently 15,343 people are receiving treatment for the virus.

Dr. Al Shamsi added residents should continue abiding by the safety measures put into place such as wearing face masks, social distancing and avoiding crowded places and large gatherings. She pointed out that the high number of cases is due to exposure resulting from gatherings and the lack of preventative measures.

“Whoever thinks that the resumption of activity means the pandemic is over is mistaken. The responsibility belongs to the people and the country, and as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid said, everyone is responsible,” she stated.

The decision to ease restrictions and resume economic activity has been done in order to support the UAE’s economy, but necessary precautions must be following in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

The total number of recorded cases to date has increased to 31,969 and 255 fatalities.

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