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UAE fully prepared to tackle coronavirus, says health ministry

UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has confirmed 45 cases in the country

UAE fully prepared to tackle coronavirus, says health ministry

The recent instance involving participants in the UAE Tour saw 26 hotel visitors quarantined, along with 56 athletes and 236 hotel staff.

UAE residents have been assured that the country has enough stocks of medical equipment and fully equipped isolation rooms, as well as qualified medical teams working “around the clock” to deal with the deadly coronavirus.

Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) spokesperson, Dr Nada Al Marzouqi, was speaking at a joint media briefing with the Ministry of Education, detailing measures taken to tackle the virus.

So far there have been 45 confirmed cases in the UAE, including seven people who have fully recovered.

Al Marzouqi revealed the recent instance involving participants in the UAE Tour saw 26 hotel visitors quarantined, along with 56 athletes and 236 hotel staff.

Dr. Amna Al Dhahak, the Ministry of Education’s assistant under-secretary for school activities affairs, said over 620 school buildings were completely sterilised, in addition to 6,000 school buses.

It was announced earlier this month that all schools would close early for the spring break and the fortnight holiday, starting on March 8, will be followed by two weeks of distance learning.

Dr Al Dhahak said more than 168,000 students have started to benefit from the distance education system pilot programme, while 23,000 students from the Higher Colleges of Technology, Zayed University and the UAE University, completed the experimental programme.

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