More than 10.5 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country so far.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Thursday reported 1,089 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,769 recoveries. Two deaths were also recorded.
More than 115,000 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total to over 10.5 million tests in the country 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).
In a major development yesterday, it was revealed that 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. 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.
In Abu Dhabi, a staggering 1,252 fines were issued by the police 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.
In Ras Al Khaimah, the emirate’s tourism development authority and RAK Hospital announced 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.
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