Don't ignore covid precautions after vaccination: UAE officials

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February 21, 2021

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Abu Dhabi, Feb 21: UAE residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccine must still continue to abide by COVID-19 precautions in order to protect themselves as well as other vulnerable community members, top health officials have urged.

Measures like mask wearing, handwashing and social distancing ensure that those who get vaccinated do not contract mild or asymptomatic COVID-19. They also ensure that vaccinated people do not contract the virus and pass it on to others who have not yet received the vaccine.

“Following precautionary measures … is as important today as it was at the very start of this pandemic. There is still a risk that vaccinated members of the community contract the virus without presenting symptoms and pass it on to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses, within their circle of family or friends,” warned Dr Anwar Sallam, group chief medical officer at public health provider, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha).

Dr Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE government health authorities and manager of communicable diseases at the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, also explained that like all other vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines do not completely eradicate the risk of infection. “The COVID-19 vaccines do not completely eliminate the risk of infection. But they greatly reduce the risk of infection and transmission. They also reduce severe complications resulting from the virus. Therefore, a small percentage of people may still get infected without experiencing any symptoms or with the presence of mild symptoms. [This is why] we must adhere to the precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing even after taking the vaccine,” she has urged.

The renewed calls for following preventive measures came as the UAE marches toward its target of vaccinating 50 per cent of the population against COVID-19 within the first three months of the year. Since February 7, health authorities across the UAE have been offering COVID-19 vaccines only to vulnerable groups of residents — senior residents, those with chronic diseases and People of Determination — in a bid to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

“The health and well-being of the community is core to our approach at Seha, and we are very much aligned with our wise leadership’s measures and guidance for safety precautions, that have proven to keep the UAE’s COVID-19 infection and death rate much lower than global rates,” Dr Sallam said on Sunday.

A statement sent by Seha referenced the World Health Organisation Situation Report on COVID-19, which records the UAE’s COVID-19 mortality rate as 0.3 per cent, significantly lower than the global average of three per cent. Over 29 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in the UAE.

“These accomplishments are testament to how successful the UAE’s response to the pandemic has been and the role of the community in uniting against the spread of the virus,” the Seha statement said.

Seha has played a key role in curbing the spread of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, including setting up over 20 drive-through screening facilities, and building three field hospitals in record time. The health provider is also managing dozens of vaccination facilities in the country, including three of the largest centres at the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, the Al Ain Convention Centre and the Dubai Parks and Resorts.

“Without the community’s role in all our efforts, we could not have achieved these remarkable results. To continue progressing, we call on the community to follow all precautionary measures, so we do not delay our ultimate goal — defeating the pandemic,” Dr Sallam added.

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February 22,2021

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Veracruz, Feb 22: Six members of Mexico's military were killed when the plane they were in crashed in the southeastern state of Veracruz.

A statement from Mexico's Secretary of Defence on Sunday said the accident took place in the morning when the air force's Learjet 45 was taking off from the airport in the city of Xalapa.

The statement did not say what caused the crashed or how many people were on board the plane. But it said that six members of the military were killed and an investigation was underway.

Local media reported that the plane left and runway and burst into flames.

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February 12,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 12: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday asked police officials to be polite and considerate to complainants approaching police stations.

"I have a piece of advice to the senior officials that people visiting the police station should be treated with utmost respect and humility. Listen to their grievances and address them sincerely, Yediyurappa told reporters after attending the Karnataka Senior Police Officers Annual Meet here.

He said a host of issues was discussed during the meeting ranging from law and order to cybersecurity. Yediyurappa said he was happy to note that the crime rates and atrocities on women and children in the state have come down substantially when compared to other states. This is a matter of pride for the state, he said.

However, cybersecurity may pose a big challenge in the coming days, the Chief Minister said. Eight police stations to detect cyber crime, economic offences and narcotics (CEN) have been set up in as many locations in Bengaluru, he said. He further said the state government has set up an anti-terrorism squad to keep a tab on terrorist activities in the city.

Yediyurappa told reporters that he unveiled the action plan of the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratory for the years 2021-2024. He told the senior police officials that initiatives would be taken to strengthen the department so that law and order is maintained and people live peacefully.

State Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Additional Chief Secretary Rajneesh Goel and the Director General of Police Praveen Sood were also present at the meeting. 

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February 20,2021

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Imphal, Feb 20: A 48-year-old Anganwadi worker in Manipur has died a week after receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said on Saturday.

W Sundari Devi of Kumbi Terakha area in Bishunpur district had received her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 12 at Kumbhi primary health centre (PHC), they said.

She was taken to the Moirang community health centre (CHC) on February 18 as she had breathing problems and died at the CHC on Friday.

Health Department officials said that a special team will conduct the post-mortem of the deceased to ascertain the true cause of the death.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh met the family members of Sundari and heard their grievances.

He expressed deep condolences and assured the family members of suitable compensation duly considering the post-mortem report.

"Heard the grievances of family of Anganwandi Worker W Sundari of Kumbi Terakha, Bishnupur District and expressed my deep condolences.

Assured suitable compensation duly considering post mortem reports and instructed for taking strong action against defaulting officials," the chief minister tweeted.

The Deputy Commissioner of Bishnupur, Neeta Arambam said that the family members of the deceased claimed that at the time of vaccination, Sundari had told the "vaccination team that she has allergy problem. However, the vaccination went ahead".

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