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UAE on verge of 'positive breakthroughs' in Covid-19, says Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said that healthcare workers are the 'UAE's source of pride'

UAE on verge of 'positive breakthroughs' in Covid-19, says Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, participates in an online lecture by HE Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, titled "Standing Together: Our Healthcare Response to COVID-19". The lecture was broadcast on Al Emarat Channel as part of the Ramadan lecture series of Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed. Seen with HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Executive Council member and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court (CPC) and HH Sheikha Salama bint Mohamed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan. Image: WAM

The UAE is on the verge of a “positive breakthroughs” in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

Speaking at his Ramadan Majlis, Sheikh Mohamed praised the UAE’s frontline who are working to contain the pandemic.

“I would like to thank everyone in this [health] sector in person but please send them all my regards,” he said. “Send my regards to their families and ask them on my behalf to have patience.”

Sheikh Mohamed added that while it is “sad” to see people quarantined and preventing from going to religious services, his “advice again is to be patient.”

“Today we have much more clarity on the challenges we are facing,” he said. “I believe that for the first time the entire world has willingly locked itself up. It's also the first time in the history of our planet that all mankind is facing a common enemy. So do not worry; we're on the verge of positive breakthroughs. 

"It's true that until this happens, things will be challenging in terms of lockdowns and quarantines ... but we will get through this."

He added that healthcare workers “are the UAE’s source of pride.”

Abdulrahman Al Owais, the UAEs Minister of Health and Prevention, said that the UAE’s successful responses has been the result of prior contingency planning.

“There were many learnt lessons from this,” Al Owais said. “You are seeing what we have worked on for years achieve its true value.”

On Wednesday, the UAE announced that it had detected 725 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the country’s total to 20,386 including those receiving treatment, recoveries and deaths.

Of the total, 13,657 are receiving treatment at the moment. Three additional fatalities were reported, bringing the UAE’s coronavirus death toll to 206.

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