The UAE has activated a predictive electronic system to identify patients at high risk of acquiring the new coronavirus.
The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) confirmed that it has developed and activated the Wareed system across all its healthcare facilities, as a precautionary measure to protect the country against the epidemic, a statement said.
The early warning system will help coordinate and contain a potential outbreak; once activated, the algorithms discern an individual as high-risk, following which the predictive system will raise consecutive flags to quarantine and treat the patient immediately.
The Ministry confirmed that a set of tests and treatment protocols has been automated according to approved scientific standards, to provide statistics, monitor suspected cases and standardise medical practices across all health facilities.
The ministry has also updated its infection control policies and advisories to offer patients requisite care as well as to protect the general public.
Furthermore, the authorities will implement immediate solutions to easily screen, identify, isolate and manage such risks effectively, the statement said.
The UAE confirmed five cases of coronavirus since the outbreak, the first four being members of a Chinese family that had flown into the UAE on January 16.
Earlier this week, the UAE suspended all flights to and from China, sans the country’s capital, Beijing.
The new virus has claimed 563 lives in China while the total number of mainland cases total 28,018, of which 3,859 remain severe.