Greater public awareness, reduced Covid vaccine-hesitancy, and a surge in RT-PCR screenings have led to a near 25 per cent dip in the number of new infections this month compared to June, medical experts said.
After caseloads hit a two-month-high of more than 60,000 in June, it was feared that with the detection of the contagious Delta variant, the number of positive cases would go up. However, an efficient strategy and measured response from the public helped contain the situation.
And the average daily cases dropped from 2,000 in June to 1,500 so far this month. On the fourth day after Eid Al Adha public holidays, 1,527 cases were reported on Wednesday, July 28, a month after the authorities announced about the Delta strain.
Dr Ponnusamy Tamilvendan, specialist internal medicine, Medeor Hospital, Dubai, underlined that the authorities having a “flexible strategy” to adapt to evolving situations has enabled the UAE march on the path to recovery. “The sharp dip in cases since June can be attributed to various reasons, including the public adherence to safety measures. Awareness campaigns have ensured people take precautionary measures seriously. The national drive has been an effective tool in this fight. The steep dip in the number of new cases could be an indicator of the benefit of the robust vaccination drive.”
Dr Tamilvendan said public awareness campaigns have boosted people’s willingness to get vaccinated. “Vaccine hesitancy seems to have reduced with many people now coming forward to take their shots.”
Dr Tamilvendan added: “With the increase in tourism and economic activities, there seems to be a return to normalcy. However, the pandemic is not over yet and we, as a community, must continue to remain vigilant in order to reduce transmission.”