UAE’s Khalifa University responds to COVID-19 with emergency ventilators

The team is working in response to the global need for increased ventilator manufacturing capacity due to COVID-19. (WAM)
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Updated 07 April 2020

UAE’s Khalifa University responds to COVID-19 with emergency ventilators

DUBAI: Researchers at Khalifa University’s Healthcare Engineering Innovation Centre, HEIC, are developing emergency ventilators in response to the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency WAM reported on Monday. 
Researchers at the university developed a working prototype and are now engineering the production plant to produce the ventilators at scale to meet rising local and global demands, WAM reported, citing a press release from the university.
The team is working in response to the global need for increased ventilator manufacturing capacity due to COVID-19.




(WAM)


According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, around 80 percent of people with Covid-19 recover without needing hospital treatment, but one person in six becomes seriously ill and can develop pneumonia, which may require ventilator treatment. 
“The number of intensive care beds and mechanical ventilators in hospitals is a fraction of what may be needed in the coming weeks as the situation develops worldwide,” Cesare Stefanini, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of HEIC said.
The professor says that his team aims to develop a working prototype in less than two weeks.


Turkey plans to resume flights with 40 countries in June

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Turkey plans to resume flights with 40 countries in June

  • Turkey largely sealed off its borders as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak
  • Domestic flights resumed on Monday to some provinces

ANKARA: Turkey plans to resume flights with around 40 countries in June and has reached preliminary agreements for reciprocal air travel with 15 countries, Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoglu said on Thursday.
Turkey largely sealed off its borders as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Domestic flights resumed on Monday to some provinces as Ankara eased restrictions after a significant drop in infection rates.
Karaismailoglu said flights would resume in five stages in June, adding Turkey was in talks with 92 countries on resuming flights in a safe manner.
“We believe that we have left behind an important point in the battle against the virus globally. Now, we have to continue our global ties and trade,” he said in a written statement.
Flights to Northern Cyprus, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Qatar and Greece will resume on June 10, he said. Flights to 17 destinations, including Germany, Austria, Croatia, and Singapore will restart on June 15. Flights to a further 16 countries will begin on June 20, 22 and 25, including to South Korea, Qatar, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium, he added.
The 15 countries with which Ankara has reached a preliminary agreement to resume reciprocal flights include Italy, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Albania, Belarus, Jordan and Morocco.
Germany said on Wednesday it was talking to Ankara about reviewing travel restrictions but was awaiting a recommendation from the European Union.
The virus has killed 4,609 people in Turkey, with more than 165,000 infections so far.