BREAKING: 14 New Coronavirus Cases In The UAE

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
BREAKING: 14 New Coronavirus Cases In The UAE

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) today announced 14 new cases of coronavirus. That increases the total number of cases to a whopping 59. Of them, only two of the patients are in critical care. Meanwhile, the ministry also announced that two more Chinese patients have recovered fully, brining up the total number of recovered patients to seven.

What’s It?

Earlier, the Ministry confirmed that 13 of the new cases arrived from countries abroad including Thailand, China, Morocco, India, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Iran. Today, 14 additional cases were revealed in the UAE. There are cases from the UAE and Egypt, diagnosed after close contact with cases associated with the UAE Tour, a cycling event. All the new cases are currently receiving medical care and are monitored continuously.

Additionally, the Ministry also advised residents to avoid direct contact with others, in particular cheek and nose greetings, shaking hands, kissing and hugging.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the world has crossed 102,000 with a reported of 3,497 deaths and 57,623 recoveries.

What Else?

Considering the horrid scenario, Emirates airlines on Saturday announced a waiver policy, effective from Saturday, March 7 until March 31, 2020. Emirates passengers traveling to any of the countries covered in the Emirates network can alter or reschedule their tickets for free. Passengers will be able to alter their dates within a period of 11-months from now. The alterations can be made in the same class, without any additional fees. However, the difference fare rate, if applicable, stands unchanged.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline said: “The situation remains dynamic and we will continue to look at ways to provide flexibility, convenience and peace of mind for our customers.”

Emirates is also taking additional precautionary measures to disinfect flights after travel to destinations most affected by Covid-19. In case the airline is reported of a confirmed or a suspected case, deeper cleaning mechanisms are followed in order to prevent the rapid spread.