The Ministry of Health and Protection (MoHaP) recently conducted 130,567 COVID-19 tests that led to the discovery of 1,538 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 patients to 114,387.
The ministry also reported four patients who have died due to complications from COVID-19, which brings the country’s total death toll to 459.
MOHAP also reported 1,411 individuals who have already recovered from the coronavirus disease, with the total now at 106,354.
This brings the total number of active cases higher from yesterday’s 7,451 to 7,574 as of October 17.
Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, the Official Spokesman of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA, has urged the public to always put their masks on – as records show that the most-violated guideline in the country is related to wearing masks.
“As declared earlier, not wearing a face mask was the most frequent violation in all emirates and Asian nationalities were the most likely to violate the precautionary measures. We, therefore, plan to raise the public’s awareness and interact with the most vulnerable categories in the Emirati community, by organising a media campaign that will highlight their behaviours and cultures on suitable media outlets,” said Dr. Al Dhaheri.
Dr. Al Dhaheri stated that NCEMA has adopted a monitoring and inspection system to verify the implementation of all resolutions adhering to the precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 and furthered that seven teams were formed, with one working in each emirate. He said that there are directives to monitor the implementation of relevant precautionary and preventive measures, and over 46 protocols were issued under this framework, to protect the safety and health of the community.