Amid the panic and fear over the rampaging impact of the virus elsewhere in the globe, the UAE has yet again moved forward and hit a milestone in its battle against COVID-19 surpassing 35.5 million tests conducted.
And with this milestone, the country is progressing steadily on the recovery plan goals, through the cooperation between relevant national institutions, to ensure the health and safety of the entire community.
UAE Achieves COVID-19 Testing Milestone With Over 35 Million Tests Conducted
According to Dr Farida Al Hosani, the spokesperson for the UAE’s Health Sector, the UAE has established a proactive approach to addressing crises and was among the first countries in the world to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to its entire population free of charge. She also pointed out that it has implemented an advanced series of preventive procedures to address the pandemic’s repercussions and adopted an effective planning strategy for the recovery period across all sectors, WAM reported.
At a regular media meeting held on Tuesday (March 24), Dr Al Hosani emphasized that the UAE is continuing to perform many coronavirus tests to proactively detect infections and curb the spread of the pandemic, noting that over 35.5 million tests have currently been conducted.
The spokesperson also noted that the “Al Hosn” application, the national digital app that offers information about COVID-19, was recently updated and provides all necessary information related to the vaccines offered by vaccination centres across the country.
She then echoed the weekly updates of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the pandemic highlight noting trends and the surge in new infections, with many countries confirming the emergence of new mutated variants of the virus.
In line with this, Dr Al Hosani reassured UAE residents that since the international announcement about the new variants, the UAE has kept pace with related developments and formed a national team to track these variants, in cooperation with all health authorities, she further explained, adding that the team is regularly monitoring the health situation while the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in cooperation with its partners and relevant health authorities and in coordination with higher education institutions and public health entities, is studying these viral mutations.
According to her, labs specializing in genetic analysis have been monitoring “SARS COVID-2” variants to accurately monitor their epidemiological status and the extent of their spread in society. With this, she has also affirmed that the safe resumption of activities in all sectors amidst the health crisis must happen according to an accurate strategy, and the country is constantly monitoring several indexes covering various sectors before making the correct decisions.
The UAE health sector noted that its leaders’ efforts and decisions will ensure the country’s balanced strategic approach to ensuring the continuity of business of all sectors, as well as support the health sector and maintain community safety. And since the pandemic has affected all sectors, the situation required the establishment of the National COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Management and Governance Committee to ensure an overall strategic balance between all sectors and the timely return to normalcy.