Covid-19 in UAE: UAE Government Announces Launch of Biggest Laboratory Outside China
There are currently 664 cases of Covid-19 in UAE. UAE government has announced the launch of the biggest laboratory built outside China for detection and diagnosis of Covid-19
The United Arab Emirates has been fighting the global pandemic of Coronavirus in every way possible. It has been holding mass disinfection of the streets, creating drive-through Covid-19 checking points and today it announced the launch of the biggest laboratory built outside China for the detection and the diagnosis of the novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, has currently infected over 885000 people across the world.
Currently there are 664 cases of the novel coronavirus in UAE with 6 deaths. In a news briefing held today, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, UAE Health Sector’s spokesperson, stated, "we are proud to announce the launch of the biggest laboratory, built outside China, for detection and diagnosis of COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates. The lab is capable of conducting thousands of tests per day, and with such capacity, we are able to rapidly identify suspected cases and screening close contacts and high-risk groups."
The UAE government has also launched a website called Weqaya and residents can call the toll-free number 800-WEQAYA where their questions can be answered and they can seek advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) preventive measures and health guidelines. “Weqaya” is a digital platform that "focuses on addressing health issues, enhancing public awareness, and offering latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)."
In the press briefing, Dr. Al Hosani talked about how the public should follow health advice and pay attention to groups at higher risk, particularly the elderly. "We should abide by the physical distancing guideline for their health and safety," she said, and added that "We highly appreciate everyone’s commitment to work safely from home. Let’s maintain our productivity while adhering to the preventive measures". She further went on to add, "Please join us in confronting this global challenge and be part of our campaign." The hashtag as used by the UAE government Twitter was #DedicationAtWorkSafetyAtHome.