WATCH: Avoid Kissing, Hugging, & Shaking Hands to Prevent COVID-19

To help prevent the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has released a series of videos on preventive measures.

A couple of videos cautions people against having direct physical contact, such as hugging, kissing, shaking, hands, and cheek and nose greetings. Two other videos focus on the importance of hand-washing as well as using hand sanitizers after touching surfaces.

WATCH Avoid Kissing, Hugging, & Shaking Hands to Prevent COVID-19

MOHAP Releases Videos on COVID-19 Prevention

So far, the UAE has confirmed a total of 45 COVID-19 cases, five of which have fully recovered. The latest cases of 15 patients were just announced on Saturday, 8th March 2020.

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the MOHAP has posted a short video on Twitter with the caption, “Today and Everyday Advice.” The video advises people to avoid direct physical contact with others, particularly cheek and nose greetings, shaking hands, kissing, and hugging.

Along with shaking hands and hugging, cheek and nose greetings are popular methods of interaction in the Emirati community. Under the present circumstances, however, it would be best to avoid physical contact for the time being, especially among acquaintances, friends, and colleagues.

In another video, the Ministry suggested an alternative method to shaking hands when greeting other people. The video features a woman greeting another by putting her hand over her heart.

“Healthy behaviour is necessary, avoid shaking hands,” the video shared.

A third video highlights the importance of hand-washing or using hand sanitizers after touching surfaces. The video shows a man cleaning his hands with sanitizer after logging into a biometric machine in his workplace.

In their latest video, the MOHAP put emphasis on the duration of hand-washing. “Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds,” shared the video.

COVID-19: The Latest Numbers Worldwide

As of this writing, there is a total of 104,117 confirmed cases and 3,591 reported deaths due to COVID-19, based on a novel coronavirus map posted by Channel News Asia. Majority of these cases are in mainland China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and France.

In particular, the countries or places with the highest number of cases are as follows:

  1. China — 80,695 confirmed cases / 3,097 reported deaths
  2. South Korea — 7,041 confirmed cases / 42 reported deaths
  3. Italy — 5,883 confirmed cases / 233 reported deaths
  4. Iran — 4,747 confirmed cases / 145 reported deaths
  5. France — 949 confirmed cases / 16 reported deaths
  6. Diamond Princess (cruise ships) — 696 confirmed cases / 7 reported deaths
  7. Germany — 684 confirmed cases / 0 reported deaths
  8. Spain — 365 confirmed cases / 8 reported deaths
  9. Japan — 348 confirmed cases / 6 reported deaths
  10. Switzerland — 227 confirmed cases / 1 reported death
  11. United States — 213 confirmed cases / 19 reported deaths
  12. United Kingdom — 209 confirmed cases / 2 reported deaths
  13. Netherlands — 188 confirmed cases / 1 reported death
  14. Belgium — 169 confirmed cases / 0 reported deaths
  15. Singapore — 138 confirmed cases / 0 reported deaths
  16. Sweden — 137 confirmed cases / 0 reported deaths
  17. Norway — 113 confirmed cases / 0 reported deaths
  18. Hong Kong — 109 confirmed cases / 2 reported deaths
  19. Malaysia — 93 confirmed cases / 0 reported deaths
  20. Austria — 79 confirmed cases / 0 reported deaths

Aside from releasing informative videos, the UAE has been implementing strict screening methods in airports and seaports, and has also imposed travel restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy has also issued an advisory for Filipinos in the UAE regarding the virus.


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