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UAE heads efforts in combating COVID-19

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Feb. 26, 20 | 8:50 pm

The United Arab Emirates was commended by health ministers of other countries for its fast response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China.

In a report by Asia Times, the UAE was praised for how local authorities were efficient in enacting measures to control the spread of the virus, despite studies showing that it has a low infection rate.

The UAE was commended for having delivered the needed supplies to health-care facilities, as well as for allocating quarantine rooms for the infected patients. According to experts, this swift action helped the country control the infection rates as opposed to other countries whose lenient quarantine processes led to the spread of the outbreak.

In addition, the country’s infection rate from COVID-19 is still lower than in other countries in Asia, despite its famous hubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi being visited by millions of visitors annually. Experts believe this is due to the fast response of the government, its world-class healthcare system with globally trained medical professionals, as well as its strict traveling control.

Even the UAE’s quarantine rooms in hospitals, Asia Times reported, have low-air-pressure that allows air to flow into the rooms instead of out—minimizing the risk of spreading the virus. The country is one of the extremely few to have this type of quarantine method.

However, many believe the UAE also recognizes the need to keep business as usual, and that economic destruction can be just as detrimental as the virus itself. In addition, Asia Times reported that its tourism industry represents 12% of the nation’s gross domestic product, a reason it is cautious about stopping direct flights to China entirely, and is still keeping its Beijing route. This is to guarantee that business interests with China remains intact and unaffected.

As a cautionary measure, it has stopped its flights only to and from Wuhan. The UAE has also executed strict protocols—including eight hours of examination, health checks, and mass thermal screenings. It has also implemented effective quarantine procedures to make sure safety is still prioritized while preserving a steady flow of tourists to maintain the economy.

Another measure the UAE has taken is the supercomputer developed by a tech company in the country, which can help researchers further study the virus. This artificial intelligence solution, Asia Times reported, helps experts detect and diagnose the virus effectively, as well as develop a vaccine for it.

Experts believe that with its efforts to combat the virus without halting business, the UAE remains one of the few countries where the economy and tourism industry remains unaffected amid the outbreak.

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