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Dubai intensifying Covid-19 precautionary measures in labour camps

The campaign involves increased testing among blue-collar workers and raising awareness of virus

Dubai intensifying Covid-19 precautionary measures in labour camps

As well as increased testing, the campaign also involves raising awareness of the deadly virus

Authorities in Dubai are stepping up precautionary measures at labour camps in the emirate to guard against the spread of coronavirus, the government has announced. 

Teams from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, Dubai Police, the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs and the private sector have helped ramp up the number of Covid-19 tests among labourers.

A statement by Dubai Media Office said: “Workers who test positive are quarantined, while those that require medical care are hospitalised at medical facilities that provide the highest level of care. Suspected cases are isolated and subjected to tests to ensure all workers are free of the virus.”

The campaign also involves raising awareness of the deadly virus among Dubai’s blue-collar workforce.

The statement added: “The health guidelines aim to educate labour camp residents about the virus, its transmission and essential precautions for protecting themselves and the community. Awareness of precautionary guidelines and essential hygiene practices such as washing hands, wearing face masks and social distancing are critical in combating the virus.”

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus throughout the entire UAE currently stands at 15,192, while there were a further nine Covid-19-related deaths on Tuesday, of various nationalities – the death toll to date is 146.

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