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Dubai Government reveals post-Covid-19 plans

Dubai Government reveals post-Covid-19 plans

Dubai Government has developed a comprehensive plan to help different sectors prepare themselves for the post-Covid-19 phase, according to heads of organisations on the frontlines of Dubai’s campaign against the pandemic.   

Officials were speaking at a remote press conference organised by the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO).

Priorities in the next phase will include ensuring the provision of professionals specialised in infectious diseases and linking healthcare services with academic and research institutions to create a comprehensive system for delivering positive health outcomes.

Dr. Amer Al Sharif, head of the Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, said: “The UAE’s integrated healthcare system has helped it achieve one of the highest Covid-19 recovery rates in the world. Increased testing and early diagnosis have helped to increase the number of recoveries. Most cases with Covid-19 are minor and do not exhibit symptoms.”

Dawood Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality, revealed that more than 4,000 workers within ten specialised teams are working to deliver various functions on the frontlines of the fight against Covid-19, as well as a large number of volunteers, citizens and residents.

Dubai Municipality has issued 45 circulars based on the directives of the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and it has outlined 11 sets of protocols related to precautionary measures in malls.

Responding to a question on whether Dubai Municipality will intensify supervision once public parks are opened, Al Hajri said that since the start of restrictions on movement, comprehensive sterilisation has been conducted in all public parks.

“The lifting of restrictions will take place in three phases,” he said. “The big parks will be reopened in the last phase of reopening. Stringent precautionary measures will be implemented to ensure the safety and health of the community. Steps will be taken to ensure the public abides by these measures.”

Al Hajri added that Dubai Municipality has carried out 7,000 inspections since January 25 in various places including shopping malls, salons, food outlets, laundry services and both open and closed markets.

“In terms of disposal of medical waste, he said such waste is treated at the Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility. “About 5-6 tons of hazardous medical waste contaminated by Coovid-19 is collected from clinics, hospitals and other healthcare facilities and treated in three cycles in 24 hours and disposed,” he said.  

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