Abu Dhabi: A senior health official assured residents of the UAE on Thursday that all cases of coronavirus are being monitored round the clock, and are being handled with utmost care in keeping with the best international standards.
In a televised briefing, Dr Farida Al Hosani, Director of the Communicable Diseases at Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, said that the UAE has confirmed 140 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) so far, out of which 31 have recovered.
“Twenty-seven new coronavirus cases have been detected, bringing the total number of cases to 140, out of which five cases were fully recovered, including three Emiratis, one Syrian and one Sri Lankan. The total number of people recovered has gone up to 31,” Dr Al Hosani said.
“There is a hotline available if anyone has symptoms of the disease and there is a diagnosis on the phone. The capacity of governmental and private quarantine wards has been increased,” Dr Al Hosani said.
She added quarantine is the shared responsibility of individuals and society. The maximum period is 15 days. Upon reassessment of the condition, the period of quarantine for the infected may be increased.
Dr Al Hosani said, “We have 4,340 students abroad, and a committee, comprising representatives from ministries, government agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been set up to ensure their return home and the application of home quarantine procedures.