Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed says, prepared to face the challenge of Covid-19 pandemic

Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has reassured the UAE that the country has enough supplies of food and medicine to address the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces said the Emirates was “faring well” thanks to early efforts to contain infection rates.

In a statement on Wam, the government news agency, he argued that the difference between nations who adopted early measures to contain the virus and those which did not were clear to see.

“In the UAE, we have adopted rational and early advanced precautionary measures before other countries around us to stand up to the challenge,” he said. “Therefore, the infection tally in the UAE is less thanks to our early response to contain the virus at its onset.

The UAE has implemented a series of measures over recent weeks aimed at containing the outbreak. Schools have been closed, events cancelled and residents have been encouraged to practise “social distancing” – a measure that has been proven to slow the spread of the virus in hard-hit countries such as South Korea.

But despite the continuing precautions, some UAE residents have begun stockpiling food and items like toilet paper, repeating scenes of bulk buying seen in other countries.

Sheikh Mohamed urged restraint, however, saying there was no need to stockpile as the UAE had enough supplies. “There are a lot of things the state is doing which we can’t reveal,” he said.

“I’d like to reassure every citizen and resident of the UAE that our country is infinitely able to supply everyone with all the food and medicine they could ever need.”

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