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UAE residents urged to wash hands, avoid crowds amid coronavirus outbreak

UAE officials have urged residents to wash their hands properly, amid other protective steps

UAE residents urged to wash hands, avoid crowds amid coronavirus outbreak

The Ministry also called on elderly members of the public to remain at home and avoid crowded areas.


The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) is calling on all residents of the UAE – Emiratis and expats alike – to take proper precautions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement over the weekend, the MoHaP said that effective measures including properly washing hands with soap and water and covering one’s mouth when sneezing or coughing to minimise the spread of germs.

“The Ministry, under the directives of the UAE leadership, is stepping up all efforts to ensure public safety,” the statement said. “This is facilitated by a strong healthcare system dedicated to ensure public safety and protection in line with the World Health Organisation.”

The Ministry also called on elderly members of the public to remain at home and avoid crowded areas.

In a previous interview with Arabian Business, Dr. Wael Faroug Mohamed Elamin, a consultant clinical microbiologist and infection control doctor at King’s College Hospital in Dubai, said that  “hands are the biggest risk”.

“Nothing is bigger than your hands, for anything,” he added. “Just make sure to wash your hands. We advise alcohol gel.”

Additionally, Dr. Elamin said that he advises trying to “avoid big congregations when possible”, comparing the risks to the elevated chance of being involved in an automobile accident in heavily trafficked areas.

“If you’re driving in India, or Cairo, or Mexico City, you’re more likely to get in a car accident because of how crowded it is. It’s exactly the same,” he added. “If you’re in a crowded place, the probability that you’re going to bump into someone with something [is higher].”

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