Nearly 14.5 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country so far.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 1,214 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 741 recoveries. Two deaths were also reported.
As many as 114,653 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total to nearly 14.5 million tests so far.
For the UAE to be able to reach the “final recovery stage”, residents’ compliance with all Covid-19 safety measures is a must, a government official said on Tuesday. Calling Covid-19 the ultimate test of resilience, Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, official spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, said the UAE is one of the countries that was able to control the situation by making every possible effort. It has also entered the planning stage for recovery, for which it had set up a national committee.
“Many sectors have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the health sector, economy, tourism, sports, education, aviation and transport. However, the proactive policy adopted by the UAE has allowed us to contain the situation and gradually bring back normalcy to life,” Dr Al Dhaheri said.
International passengers coming to Kerala will still have to undergo mandatory seven days’ quarantine, a state government official said while rubbishing some media reports which claimed that it has been scrapped. Dr A Kowsigan IAS, commissioner, disaster management at the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, told Khaleej Times the quarantine order for international passengers, which was issued in September this year, stands as it is. Dr Kowsigan said the state has made no decision to revise its quarantine regulations even though the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare updated the quarantine protocols on November 5. “All asymptomatic incoming passengers must mandatorily undergo seven days’ home quarantine, which will be followed by a Covid-19 test from a laboratory nearest to their home in Kerala,” said Dr Kowsigan.
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