Rising Covid cases in UAE: Doctors advise residents to mask up, do PCR test if showing symptoms

Testing centres across the country witness surge in numbers

PCR testing centres across the UAE are witnessing an increase in the number of residents queuing up to get tested.

The UAE health ministry recently announced that daily Covid-19 cases have more than doubled in a week, with authorities noting an increase in hospitalisation rates of infected people.

Authorities also reduced the validity of the Green Pass on the AlHosn from 30 days to 14. This means fully vaccinated residents will get a 14-day Green Pass after receiving a negative Covid-19 PCR test result.

Doctors are attributing the rise in cases due to everyone’s casual attitude towards Covid-19 protocols and are emphasising the importance of following the mask rule and getting tested if they display Covid symptoms.

As per current guidelines, a minimum of 10 days of home isolation is still recommended if one tests positive.

Dr Baiju Faizal, Specialist Internal Medicine, at Lifecare Hospital Musaffah said, “Testing plays a crucial role in the efforts to contain and mitigate Covid-19 by identifying infected individuals who are symptomatic or asymptomatic to help prevent further virus transmission. The test results can help a doctor make informed decisions about a patient’s care and promptly identify people needing care. Testing is also an important tool that allows us to monitor the spread of the infection.”

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