UAE amid COVID-19 outbreak & measures taken by the Government

UAE amid COVID-19 outbreak & measures taken by the Government
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Featured image credits: Reuters


The first case of Coronavirus or COVID-19 was identified on January 29. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) on March 11 announced a total of 85 Coronavirus cases in UAE, including 11 new and previous 74 cases.

These new 11 individuals diagnosed with Coronavirus include two Italians, two Filipinos, one Montenegrin, one Canadian, one German, one Pakistani, one Emirati, one Russian and one British citizen. The ministry has confirmed that the cases are being monitored, and individuals are in a stable condition currently, and all medical facilities are well-equipped to deal with COVID-19 which include airborne infection isolation rooms, following WHO’s standards.

Medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits provided by the WHO pictured at the al-Maktum International airport in Dubai on 2 March 2020; Credits: AFP

MoHAP advised the general public to take preventive health and personal hygiene measures against COVID-19 such as:

  • Frequent washing of hands, covering mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing with flexed elbow or tissues and discarding the tissue immediately,
  • Seek early medical care in case of fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.
  • People having respiratory illness are advised to avoid crowded places,
  • And importantly, the ministry also advised the general public to seek information from official sources, and keep away from misinformation.

UAE Government’s measures against COVID-19

Remote working system

As per a statement from the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office, a remote work system has been launched for the public sector employees in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The government of UAE has also announced certain privileges including work from home for mothers, elderly employees, pregnant women, employees with disabilities and those with diseases that compromise the immune system.

Under the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, the council has brought forward a number of precautionary steps to ensure the health and safety of government employees and contribute to local and international efforts to combat the epidemic. These measures include:

  • Suspending fingerprint attendance machines and using smart employee apps or any alternative attendance systems,
  • Allowing work from home to elderly employees, pregnant women, differently-abled employees, and also to those with diseases that compromise the immune system.

Last month, the minister of MoHAP, Abdulrahman Al Owais told the Federal National Council that about 150 people were tested for each of the first eight patients, in an attempt to trace people who could have come into contact.

Measures for schools & children

The Ministry of Education of t