Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 250.79 million

More than 250.79 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 5,314,883 have died, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in December 2019.

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China reports 54 new coronavirus cases

The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 39 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Wednesday.

Also reported were 15 new imported cases, China’s Xinhua News Agency quoted the commission as saying.

There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll unchanged at 4,636.

As of 9th November, mainland China had 97,939 confirmed cases.

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Kuwait reports 24 new COVID-19 cases

Kuwait has announced 24 new COVID-19 cases with no new deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

The state news agency KUNA quoted the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health as saying that the new figures took the total cases to 412,893, and death toll remains unchanged at 2,462.

The ministry added that 25 patients have recovered from the virus over the past day, raising the total recoveries to 410,135.

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UAE announces 75 new COVID-19 cases, 99 recoveries, and no deaths in the last 24 hours

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 278,127 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement, the Ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 75 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 740,647.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

The Ministry added that no COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, with the death toll remained unchanged at 2,142.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 99 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 735,173.

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UAE sends urgent medical supplies to Sierra Leone

The UAE sent an aircraft carrying 16 tonnes of urgent medical aid to Sierra Leone, to mitigate the effects of the humanitarian disaster facing the capital, Freetown, following the explosion of a petrol station, which led to several deaths and injured dozens, most of whom were women and children.

The UAE expressed its solidarity with the government and people of Sierra Leone, stressing its keenness to help boost the capacities of hospitals in Freetown, by providing the injured with adequate medical care and assisting medical teams to perform their duties.

The UAE always aims to support friendly countries under similar conditions, underscoring its continuous efforts to provide for the basic needs of victims of disasters.

The UAE has spent AED143 million to support development, humanitarian and charity efforts and projects in over nine key sectors in Sierra Leone, most notably the health sector.

Under this framework, the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Field Hospital was established in Port Loko, with a capacity of 100 beds, to treat COVID-19 patients.

It also sent some 7 tonnes of urgent medical supplies to Sierra Leone to address the pandemic and strengthened the country’s electricity grid by generating solar energy in Freetown, in addition to launching educational projects in several cities.

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Department of Health – Abu Dhabi adopts ‘Population Health Model’

The Department of Health-Abu Dhabi (DoH), became the first healthcare regulator in the region and the second globally to adopt and develop the “Population Health Model” (PHM).

The model, which will help with the early detection, management and comprehensive prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), was developed in cooperation with the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company, Novartis. It was in line with the department’s ongoing efforts to enhance the emirate’s stature as a global healthcare destination and an incubator for innovation.

The PHM will also help adopt preventive measures against CVDs and reduce the number of CVD cases and complications among the emirate’s residents by providing data that will enable healthcare professionals to deliver the necessary recommendations and preventive programmes for patients.

The model involves applying public health concepts to manage chronic diseases through a comprehensive data analysis approach and identifies methods and interventions to improve patient outcomes while controlling overall costs. Information gathered can also assist in identifying and resolving gaps in patient care.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the DoH and Novartis was signed by Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Under-Secretary of the DoH, and Mohamed Ezz Eldin, President and Head of Gulf Cluster of Novartis, in the presence of Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the DoH, and Georg Schroeckenfuchs, President MEA and Head of Gulf and Saudi Country Group of Novartis.

Their collaboration aims to invest in research, education, digital and organisational infrastructure to tackle CVDs and develop the emirate’s PHM programme. It also aims to utilise the latest innovations, life sciences and technologies in the local healthcare sector to ensure the health and safety of the community.

Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the DoH, said, “With the guidance of our leadership and its directives, we continue to build strong and fruitful collaborations with partners from around the world, to boost the healthcare system’s efficiency and maintain the health and safety of our community. The DoH will continue to adopt advanced innovations and partner with relevant entities to help achieve our goal of positioning the emirate as a global healthcare hub while enhancing the future of the healthcare system.”

CVDs are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, and include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and other conditions. More than four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, and one third happen prematurely in people under the age of 70.

“CVD is a major cause of death, hospitalisation and low quality of life among patients. Therefore, it has become a key priority for healthcare institutes in the UAE, especially the DoH, to seek novel approaches to bend the curve of CVD events. The PHM is a healthcare ecosystem alliance that provides a holistic approach towards transforming CVD patient management in the UAE,” Ezz Eldin said.

“The DoH is set to become the second international healthcare system after the NHS to explore the population approach, reinforcing its vision to foster innovation in the region. We are proud of this initiative, which is part of comprehensive mutual cooperation to add greater value for patients in Abu Dhabi,” he added.

CVDs are the leading cause of deaths globally, with an estimated mortality rate of 17.9 million in 2019.

As a leading global medicines company, Novartis utilises innovative science and digital technologies to develop transformative treatments in areas of urgent medical need. Its products have reached nearly 800 million people globally, and it is finding innovative ways to expand access to its latest treatments. Some 109,000 employees from more than 140 nationalities work at Novartis offices around the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency