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 1,061 Covid-19 cases, 1,146 recoveries, 6 deaths
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday reported 1,061 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,146 recoveries. The new cases were detected through additional 102,379 tests. Six new deaths were also reported. Total number of cases in UAE as of today stand at 100,794, while total recoveries are 90,556. Death toll rises to 435. More than 10.2 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the UAE so far. It was announced yesterday that the UAE will resume issuing entry and work permits for employment in government and semi-government entities, as well as visas for domestic workers.
UAE first country to conduct more Covid-19 tests than its population
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. “This is an increase of 8 per cent as compared to the previous week. The examination revealed an increase of 16 per cent in the number of cases as 7,704 cases were recorded.” At the same time, the UAE reported an increase of 23 per cent in the number of recoveries during this period. “This brings the total number of recovered patients to 8,018.”
Dubai shuts down real estate broker’s office for flouting Covid-19 rules
A real estate broker’s office was closed for not adhering to coronavirus precautionary measures in Dubai. Apart from the real estate agency, Dubai Economy officials also issued fines to eight establishments and warned one other shop for non-compliance. Inspections showed that 681 businesses were following precautionary measures made mandatory by the government in tackling the spread of the coronavirus. Dubai Economy conducts daily inspection visits to penalize violators and has urged the public to cooperate and report any violation through the Dubai Consumer app.
Baby boy brings joy to woman who nearly died from Covid-19 during pregnancy
When she smiles along with her 7-week-old baby boy, Asfia Samreen feels like she is in a dream. “I would not have been here to enjoy his smile. At one point doctors had thought of inducing an early delivery of the baby as they were not sure of saving my life,” says Samreen, 29, while recounting her sufferings of Covid-19 when she was 24 weeks pregnant. The Indian homemaker has enjoyed a miraculous escape from a series of troubles which started with her expired medical insurance, much-needed protection during the pregnancy. Her husband, an electrical engineer, could not get his family’s medical insurance renewed as his employer was going through a crisis.
Renew expired residence visas in Dubai by October 10 or incur fines
Dubai residents, whose visas expired between March 1 and July 12, have only until October 10 to renew their visas or exit the country. After the deadline, overstay fines will apply, according to Amer Centre employees and visa consultants in the emirate. Following the UAE Cabinet’s decision to cancel all resolutions about the automatic extension of visas, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) started receiving visa renewal applications on July 12. Amer Centre employees and visa consultants told Khaleej Times that the grace period for residents whose visas expired between March 1 and July 12 would end on October 10. “If a visa has expired mid-April and has not been renewed with the same sponsor, the holder has until October 10 to renew it,” said an Amer call centre employee.
Air Arabia announces free global Covid-19 cover
Air Arabia has announced a free global Covid-19 cover for all passengers traveling on its flights from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. This cover is automatically included with the booking and no additional documents are required from passengers. The Covid-19 cover is valid for 31 days from the day of departure on the itinerary. It also includes medical expenses and quarantine costs. “The new Covid-19 global assistance cover underlines our commitment to customers in helping them travel with confidence and additional ease of mind. At Air Arabia, we always ensure that every step of our customer journey remains safe, seamless and driven by added value to customers”, Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said. Impacted passengers who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel can contact the 24/7 Air Arabia COVID-19 Global Assistance Cover Team.
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