Coronavirus: Ras Al Khaimah quarantine hotels discharge last patients

Five hotels were used as isolation and quarantine facilities during the peak of the virus

Ras Al Khaimah’s Covid-19 field hospital was set up at the expo centre in April. The National  
Ras Al Khaimah’s Covid-19 field hospital was set up at the expo centre in April. The National  

The last batch of Covid-19 patients quarantined in Ras Al Khaimah hotels were discharged on Thursday, said a top police officer.

Five hotels were used as isolation and quarantine facilities during the peak of the virus as authorities planned for a predicted surge in cases.

Maj Gen Ali Al Nuaimi, commander-in-chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, told The National that all five hotels are free of Covid-19 cases.

“Some hotels were allocated for isolation and some for quarantine and all of them are empty after the last patients and suspected cases left the facility,” said Maj Gen Al Nuaimi.

Around 16 patients are undergoing treatment at a field hospital in the emirate and are expected to be discharged next week, Arabic newspaper Emarat Al Youm reported.

The field hospital has received 350 patients since it was set up at the peak of the virus. The National  
The field hospital has received 350 patients since it was set up at the peak of the virus. The National  

The hospital has received 350 patients since it was set up at the exhibition centre in April.

Ras Al Khaimah field hospital was set up along with three similar facilities at Sharjah Expo Centre, Sheikh Khalifa Hall in Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah Exhibition Centre.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention said these facilities were built quickly to raise hospital capacity to more than 5,000 beds total.

Field hospitals were also set up in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ajman

On July 7, the last patient to be treated for Covid-19 was discharged from the Dubai World Trade Centre as the field hospital closed to make way for a sporting event.

The final patient to walk out of the temporary clinic, Japanese citizen Hiroaki Fujita, was allowed to return home after recording a negative test for coronavirus.

Mr Fujita, who has lived in Dubai for close to three years, praised staff for their care during his two-week stay at the facility.

Updated: July 9, 2020 03:09 PM

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