UAE Takes Preventative Measures To Contain The Coronavirus Outbreak

BY Krishna Sunilkumar / Mar 1 2020 / 10:41 AM

The UAE government has implemented robust measures that that will work to minimise the spread of the virus in the region

UAE Takes Preventative Measures To Contain The Coronavirus Outbreak

The total number of coronavirus cases in the UAE has reached 21, after two Italian support staff in the UAE Tour cycling event tested positive for the illness. Over 600 people, including four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, were quarantined in the W Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel on Yas Island while the health ministry conducted tests to screen for the virus. The Ministry has since successfully curbed and managed the outbreak through with a strategic set of robust measures to ensure that will work to minimise the impact of the outbreak in the region. 

The UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad Al Owais stated that “The two cases that were reported in cycling competition were actually from the accompanying supporting technicians and not cyclists. Their interactions with the public was very limited.” The 400 people screened so far in relation to the UAE Tour have all tested negative for Covid-19.

As part of a series of preventative measures, authorities have temporarily shut down nurseries and kindergartens for a 14-day period. School trips, both domestic and international, have been banned. Large-scale public events in general are being cancelled or postponed - ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, has been rescheduled from its original date in March. In the Middle East, Iran is experiencing the highest number of coronavirus fatalities, estimated to be around 200 at last count. The UAE plans to evacuate its citizens from Iran and has two planes on standby.

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