The Corona Update Episode 02
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The Corona Update Episode 02

The Corona Update's second episode is here. This is where we bust fake news, verify authentic news and share with you the latest numbers regarding Covid-19

Just yesterday, Italy, one of the countries that has been hardest hit by Coronavirus, reported 793 deaths. This has marked one of the highest death tolls in the country since the outbreak. The number of cases in the United States of America are also facing a sharp rise. In the United States, there have been 7,123 new cases in last 24 hours and 30% of those are from New York City. The United States has now come right behind Italy as the country with the most number of cases of Covid-19. The rise comes due to the increase in testing. The more people get tested, the better it is for everyone to be safe. According to Worldometer, the state of New York is doing more tests than any other state in the US. Governor Cuomo said 45,000 tests have been performed in New York State, compared to 23,000 in California (which has twice the population) and 23,000 in Washington State.

So Why is Testing Important?

Testing is important because symptoms of the virus don’t show up initially. The World Health Organization has called on countries to ‘test, test, test’ for coronavirus. The World Economic Forum published a detailed report of the WHO DG, which talked about why testing is incredibly important and crucial for all countries. “Large-scale testing allows health services to quickly identify who has the disease and arrange for them to receive the care needed”. The WEF report also added that as we begin isolating known cases, it prevents them from coming into contact with others and slows the rate of transmission. More importantly, identifying and isolating those with the virus also helps to avoid a sudden spike in new patients.

Coronavirus in the UAE:

Thirteen (13) new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday (March 21, 2020) in the UAE, bringing the total number of cases to 153, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM). All the new cases of COVID-19 infected persons are in stable condition, said Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the ministry’s official spokesperson for the health sector. Al Hosani said that the new cases were discovered at an early stage due to effective monitoring methods. All of the newly diagnosed individuals are from various nationalities. She explained that the individuals were identified as having been in contact with previously diagnosed persons and were quarantined and tested accordingly. Others were individuals who came into the country from travels abroad. Dedicated channels of communication and helplines are made available to respond to the queries of those holding valid residence visas and now outside the country. So if you are a UAE resident who is outside of the UAE, a new service called "Tawajudi" has been launched. Residents can register through www.mofaic.gov.ae

Watch our first episode of the Corona Update here.

The UAE has recorded which has so far recorded 153 cases, with 38 recoveries and two deaths. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention have announced the closure of public & private beaches, parks, swimming pools, movie theatres, and sports halls and lounges for two weeks starting from today, Sunday March 22. Seating in restaurants and food and beverage outlets will be limited to 20 per cent capacity as per social distancing guidelines to keep at least 2 metres (6.5ft) between people.

Motorists in Dubai will be able to renew their vehicle registrations only through online channels from today, that is March 22. The RTA said that owners are exempted from vehicle inspection, fine payment and traffic black points for the next three months. The UAE National Media Council has decided to stop temporarily the distribution of all print newspapers, magazines and marketing material with effect from March 24, 2020.

Coronavirus in India and Pakistan:

A twitter moment was created for #JantaCurfew which busted the myth that clapping does not cure the virus. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for a Janta Curfew and was encouraging people to stay home between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm on Sunday. During this Janta Curfew at 5pm, people were asked to come to their balconies and start clapping or banging thalis together to express gratitude. Post this announcement, some began circulating the rumor that coronavirus only lives for 12 hours. Some others suggested that the clapping also kills the virus. Neither claim is true as debunked by various professionals.

In Entertainment News:

Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died after contracting virus. Mike Pence, America’s Vice President, and his wife were tested for covid-19 and the result was negative. Britney Spears is asking her fans & followers to DM her so she helps them with anything they need during quarantine. In case you missed it, Karan Johar’s Italy schedule for his film Takht has been canceled. Singer Kanika Kapoor is currently hospitalized for Covid-19 and an Indian daily reported that she singer isn’t happy with her hospital conditions. The hospital authorities rubbished the claims that the room facilities are not up to the mark and stated that she is being provided gluten-free diet from the hospital kitchen. “She must co-operate as a patient and not throw tantrums of a star,” the authorities said. Pakistani singer Shahzad Roy has tweeted that he was there at a high level meeting in Pakistan and stated that some strict measures will be taken soon. Mahira Khan also encouraged people to stay at home, wash their hands and be careful of their hygiene.

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