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13 Oct 2020 | 11:37 AM UTC

UAE: Highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases reported October 13 /update 56

Authorities report highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases on October 13; follow official directives

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On Tuesday, October 13, the United Arab Emirates Health Ministry announced the country's highest 24-hour increase in cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 1315 new cases have been reported nationwide in the last 24 hours, in addition to two associated deaths. The latest tally brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UAE to 108,608 with 448 associated deaths.  

Flight operations have resumed while the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places remains in effect. Social distancing and hygiene measures also remain in place.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term. .

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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