Coronavirus in Dubai and UAE - update

COVID-19 Update: Sunday, April 12

12 Apr 2020

More cases, more testing

Another 376 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UAE, taking the total number of cases up to 3,736. 

Over the weekend, UAE has also reported another four deaths, taking the total number to 20. 

170 cases have been reported as recovered, making the total number of recoveries 588.

Official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, Dr Farida Al Hosani made a statement regarding the increase in recoveries: "Dr. Al Hosani explained, "In the past few days, we have noticed a remarkable rise in the number of people who have fully recovered. Many of these were mild cases, which usually recover naturally. In some cases, symptoms lasted for two or three weeks. We have observed that a majority of cases registered in the country do not show major complications and severe symptoms."

She added, "Some preliminary studies have shown the effectiveness of drugs such as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 treatment. These are drugs used in the country, and their effectiveness, as well as that of other antiviral drugs, is being continuously monitored."

As reported last week, authorities have stated that the large rise in case numbers is due to increased testing. More than  540,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted within the emirates. 

The Minister of Health and Prevention, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, spoke at a press conference last week, stating: ''These tests have been conducted in advanced screening centres and the figure underscores the government's commitment to fight the novel virus and protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the community. It also reflect the robustness of our health systems and competency of our health professionals. ''scale, scope and number of tests will be doubled in the next stage.'' 

He thanked all the health care workers and essential service staff during this time. He said: ''Safety and wellbeing of all is a priority for us, it is a shared national responsibility."

The Dubai Health Authority has announced free-of-charge drive-through testing centres to operate

Located at Al Nasr Club, the facility will test up to 250 people per day, operating between 8am and 6.30pm.

Residents can book their slot by calling 800DHA, priority will be given to those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms as well as senior citizens, pregnant women, people of determination and those with chronic diseases.