A round-up of major developments related to Covid-19 across the country.
Here’s a round-up of all the latest Covid-19 developments you need to know:
UAE reports 1,046 Covid-19 cases, 1,154 recoveries, 1 death
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 1,046 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,154 recoveries. One death was also reported. As many as 111,882 new Covid-19 tests were carried out over the last 24 hours, the ministry added. More than 10.4 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the UAE so far. The UAE has become the first country in the world where the number of Covid-19 tests conducted has exceeded its population (among countries with a population of more than one million). The country has conducted 10.32 million tests since the start of the pandemic. Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE government, said the country conducted 720,802 medical examinations from September 30 to October 6.
ICA approval must for non-Dubai residents arriving at Dubai airport
Inbound passengers arriving at Dubai International (DXB) and holding residence visas issued in other emirates must have a pre-travel approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to the country, a Dubai Airports spokesperson told Khaleej Times on Wednesday. The spokesperson said: “According to new travel requirements, travelers holding residence visas issued in other emirates need approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to return to the country.” However, Dubai residence visa holders are still required to have an approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to return to the UAE. Dubai Airports issued this statement in response to a query from Khaleej Times about the status of several stranded passengers in the arrivals terminal of DXB this afternoon.
Sharjah govt nurseries won’t register new students this year
The Sharjah Education Council (SEC) will not allow government nurseries to register new students for this year. Private nurseries won’t be allowed to open until it is ensured that all measures have been put in place to safeguard the health of the children, a top official at the SEC pointed out. The official said receiving children in nurseries will depend on regular monitoring of the situation and following up on periodic reports about the Covid-19 pandemic. The official added that a special team has been formed to visit and check on the nurseries and kindergartens after reopening protocols and guidelines were issued.
Abu Dhabi slaps 1,252 fines for flouting anti-Covid measures
A staggering 1,252 fines were issued by police in Abu Dhabi against people and facilities caught flouting Covid-19 safety measures. The violations included hosting gatherings beyond the maximum limit of people, as well as parties, meetings in private and public places and other kinds of celebrations and not observing physical distancing. The police said the violators were monitored in accordance with resolution number 38 of 2020, which covers the implementation of rules related to precautionary measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus and checking the violations. The resolution imposes a fine of Dh10,000 on anyone caught organising gatherings or social events like a wedding or party and those attending are fined Dh5,000.
Dubai fines 5 businesses for breaking Covid-19 rules; shuts down one place
Dubai Economy fined five establishments and issued warnings to seven shops for not adhering to Covid-19 precautionary measures on Tuesday. Officials found 731 businesses to be compliant with preventive and precautionary measures. Violating businesses were caught during Dubai Economy officials’ inspection visits conducted daily as part of steps taken to limit the spread of the virus. Dubai Economy has urged the public to cooperate and report any violation through the Dubai Consumer app. Meanwhile, Dubai Municipality closed a laundry for failing to follow precautionary measures. DM fined six business while issuing 53 warnings.
Dubai offers socially distanced safari experience as animal sanctuary reopens
Fifteen-year-old western low land gorilla Digit folded his arms and pressed his face against the impact-resistant glass surrounding his enclosure at the Dubai Safari Park. Peering curiously at visitors, who were all wearing masks, it was evident from his expressions that Digit did not trust the newcomers in his enclave. “He is still not used to (seeing) people wearing face masks. Sometimes, he paces up and down the enclave and bangs his arms against the glass if he is overly agitated,” said a tour guide at the park that reopened earlier this week. Digit’s companion, 10-year-old Daisy, perched high on a tree, ignoring Digit’s antics. “She is not very fond of him … poor Digit,” said the tour guide. After a refurbishment programme that lasted two years, the Dubai Safari Park reopened to visitors on October 5.
Ras Al Khaimah announces free PCR tests for visitors
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and RAK Hospital announce a partnership to provide free PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) testing to international visitors staying in and departing from Ras Al Khaimah until December 31, 2020. Subsidized by RAKTDA, the free PCR test is available for international visitors to avail either at RAK Hospital or RAK Medical Centre in Al Hamra Mall, a statement issued on Wednesday said. The partnership marks the Emirate as the first global destination to provide PCR testing free of charge for its international guests and visitors.
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