By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Dubai is setting up a number of field hospitals as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus pandemic
The Dubai World Trade Centre has been transformed into a large-scale field hospital capable of handling a massive influx of coronavirus patients, it has been announced.
According to Dubai public health officials, the facility will be able to handle as many as 3,000 Covid-19 patients.
“We will have more than two field hospitals ready in Dubai to be ready for any situation,” Humaid Al Qutami, the director general of the Dubai Health Authority. “We will have more than two field hospitals ready in Dubai in the coming days to be ready for any situation.”
Collectively, the two field hospitals could provide an additional 4,000 to 5,000 beds. Al Qutami said that hospitals in Dubai can currently handle as many as 5,000 Covid-19 patients, but have plans in place that can raise that number to 10,000.
On Tuesday, the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention announced 412 new coronavirus cases across the country, bringing the total number to 4,933.
Additionally, three deaths were reported. The number of fatalities in the UAE now stands at 28.