UAE grants scholarship to children of coronavirus frontline workers

The Frontline Heroes Office was established in July 2020 to support medical and non-medical workers fighting COVID-19 in UAE. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 September 2020

UAE grants scholarship to children of coronavirus frontline workers

  • The new initiative aims to remove some of the financial burden experienced by many frontline healthcare professionals
  • Around 1,850 children have already received the scholarships, which cover costs of tuition, transportation, and laptops

DUBAI: The children of frontline healthcare professionals in the UAE will be eligible for scholarships across the country’s public schools, state news agency WAM has reported.
The new initiative, called “Hayyakum,” aims to remove some of the financial burden experienced by many frontline healthcare professionals and encourage them to keep their jobs.
Around 1,850 children have already received the scholarships, which cover costs of tuition, transportation, and laptops.
“We, at the Frontline Heroes Office, hope to provide the same level of support and compassion that those on the frontline have provided to millions of people across our nation,” Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al-Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of the Frontline Heroes Office, said.
The Frontline Heroes Office was established in July 2020 to support medical and non-medical workers who are on the UAE’s frontline against COVID-19.
“We wish their children every success as they embark upon a new school year and we look forward to watching them follow in their parents’ footsteps to become outstanding members of society,” Al-Nahyan added.
The country’s Education Minister Hussain bin Ibrahim Al-Hammadi welcomed the grant, describing it as a true example of community solidarity.”
“The Ministry on Education seeks to directly provide educational support for the children of frontline healthcare professionals so they can continue their invaluable and noble work,” he said.


Turkey announces record coronavirus death toll for fifth consecutive day

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Turkey announces record coronavirus death toll for fifth consecutive day

  • From July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s daily COVID-19 death toll hit a record high for a fifth consecutive day at 177, data from the Health Ministry showed on Friday.
Turkey also recorded a new high of 29,845 coronavirus infections in the space of 24 hours, including asymptomatic ones, on Friday. However, from July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases, of which there were 6,592 on Friday. The total number of deaths stood at 13,191.
Historical data and the cumulative number of all cases were not available.