The Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic and the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi have reported a drastic decline in the number of coronavirus cases in Abu Dhabi. This announcement is based on the results of virus screening initiatives implemented across the emirate under the National Screening Programme. In a statement, the Committee has revealed that the percentage of confirmed coronavirus cases out of total tests has decreased to 0.3 percent in Abu Dhabi City, 0.4 percent in Al Dhafra, and 0.6 percent in Al Ain City.
Towards the end of June, the Committee had shared its goal of taking the rate of infection down to below one percent. An awareness campaign was then conducted to highlight the need to observe precautionary measures to prevent further spread of the virus. This helped educate the public about safety measures and also reduced the case ratios to their current levels.
The Committee said, ”The prime objective of the programme is to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus and limit infection via ongoing screening and providing free testing for various community groups with a range of active detection initiatives. These include home testing, as well as testing campaigns for densely populated residential neighbourhoods, industrial and workers’ areas, farms, and ranches.”
It further added that ongoing efforts will be made, in coordination with the Department of Health and other relevant authorities, to maintain this progress until the pandemic is completely under control. The Committee has appealed to the public to continue observing preventive and precautionary measures such as maintaining physical distance, wearing masks in public and washing hands regularly.
Globally, COVID-19 cases have crossed the 18 million mark. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the pandemic is expected to be lengthy and can lead to “response fatigue”. In a statement, WHO said that it “continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” and added that the effects of the pandemic would be “felt for decades to come.”