With several governments, including Italy, Spain and France, now in mandatory closure, the rest of the world is now looking at the countries that have effectively contained the outbreak of causing more deaths and economic damage than it already has worldwide.
And although the outbreak has not yet peaked in many countries according to the World Health Organization (WHO), some have already mitigated the situation even before it reached an alarming level. Such is the case of the UAE, as noted by a veteran television presenter, comedian, and businessman, Steve Harvey.
Steve Harvey on COVID-19: UAE is the “safest place in the world”
Harvey praised the UAE government’s swift action it has taken to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, calling it the “safest country in the world,” as shared in a report by The National.
In the last episode of his radio show. Steve Harvey’s morning show On Thursday, the prominent television personality shared that the UAE has one of the lowest death and infectious rates in the world.
Commenting on the UAE government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Harvey said: “The safest place in the world right now is the UAE. They jumped on this thing right away.“
Harvey further explained: “It has a lot to do with his leadership. They are serious. They love their people and will do everything they can to protect and keep them safe.”
Below is a Tweet from the Secretary General of the Executive Council of the Dubai Twitter account @abdullaalbasti acknowledging the statement by Steve Harvey:
النجم العالمي ستيف هارفي @IAmSteveHarvey يثني على الإجراءات المتخذة في الإمارات لمكافحة # فيروس_كورونا ويقول الإمارات أأمن دولة في العالم في هذا الوقت .. اللهم لك الحمد والشكر على نعمة الإمارات وقيادتها pic.twitter.com/EoXuF85EXi
– عبدالله البسطي (@abdullaalbasti) March 20, 2020
The American celebrity and his guests at Steve Harvey’s morning show, which is currently broadcasting from Los Angeles, noted that the UAE has conducted “more tests for coronaviruses than anyone else.”
Harvey went on to point out that the United States government should have acted similarly “instead of calling it [COVID-19] a hoax ”, and delay containment measures for weeks
Harvey is no stranger to the UAE. The original Kings of Comedy star was one of the stars of the 2019 Sharjah International Book Fair, along with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk and Oscar-winning Indian lyricist. The ballroom at the Sharjah Exhibition Center was full long before Harvey arrived for his talk on October 31. The American comedian and host of Family Feud gave some life advice to the youth of Sharjah and talked about his career in the entertainment business.
At other events, Harvey was also seen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, who was with American political commentator Armstrong Williams in 2019 and alongside veteran comedians Dave Chapelle and Chris Tucker a year earlier.
COVID-19 in the UAE
The first reported case of COVID-19 in the country was identified on January 29. As of March 20 (Friday), a total of 140 confirmed cases have been recorded.
In terms of the impact of the outbreak in the region, this number is relatively low in contrast to Bahrain and Qatar, the latter of which saw an increase of 238 cases in a single day, both of which reported more than the United Arab Emirates. However, the trend is no different than in other parts of the world as the numbers have increased, with 15 cases announced on Wednesday (March 18).
In line with this, the government has been taking increasingly stringent measures to control the spread of the virus.
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