UAE rules out full lockdown

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade on Thursday confirmed that the country will not go back to complete lockdown due to the Omicron or any other variant of the coronavirus…reports Asian Lite News

The UAE had announced lockdowns and travel restrictions after the pandemic broke out in early 2020. But it was also the first country to reopen by applying strict safety and precautionary measures throughout the country, the Khaleej Times reported.

The KT quoted Minister Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi as saying: “Omicron is way less impactful than Delta. Even during Delta, we hadn’t locked down the country (because) balance has been there (between economy and health sectors). Even with futurist variants when it comes to coronavirus, we will not go back to a full lockdown of the country.”

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, announced updated operational hours for its COVID-19 Drive-Through services centres across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

All of SEHA’s COVID-19 Drive-Through Centres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain are now open seven days a week from 8 AM to 10 PM.

The decision comes as part of SEHA’s commitment to provide its patients with the highest level of customer services and support for their PCR testing needs.

SEHA provides a wide range of COVID-19 drive-through service centres in Abu Dhabi cities such as Al Wathba, Al Bahia, Al Manhal, Al Shamkha, Al Madina, Rabdan, as well as in Al Ain’s Asharej, Al Hili, Al Sarouj and Al Aamerah.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced 2,683 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 795,997.

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According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced one death due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 2,182.

It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 1,135 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 756,805