The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday, September 12, reported 1,007 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 521 recoveries. It also announced a death due to complications caused by the virus. The new cases were identified after conducting additional 95,287 tests.
This is the first time that daily Covid-19 infections have crossed the 1,000 mark, making Saturday's cases the highest recorded in the country.In a special media briefing on Thursday, Dr Farida Al Hosani, spokeswoman for the UAE health sector, had said that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases since August 10. A worrying 88 per cent of the cases detected were a result of gatherings, including parties, condolences, work and breaking the quarantine protocol.
With a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in recent days, the UAE Government has been warning residents against letting their guards down. According to authorities, the country witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases in recent days mainly because of non-compliance to precautionary measures outlined by the country. Wearing masks, physical distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene top the list of anti-Covid measures.
At 0.5 per cent, the country has one of the lowest death rates in the world. It also has among the highest recovery rates in the world at 90 per cent. It has conducted over 7.9 million tests till date as part of the country's massive screening programmes to combat the spread of Covid-19.
With the sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in recent days, the UAE Government has been warning residents against letting their guards down. Wearing masks, physical distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene top the list of anti-Covid measures, but there's another that must be prioritised: Eating healthy. According to authorities, the country witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases in recent days mainly because of non-compliance of precautionary measures outlined by the country.
Inspections conducted on Thursday showed that 578 stores fully complied with the precautionary measures and guidelines. The inspections are primarily aimed to spread awareness on the necessity of adhering to the principle, 'Everyone is responsible'. A restaurant in Satwa was closed after their free meal distribution led to a gathering of people, in violation of the anti-Covid regulations. In another incident, the authorities have imposed a fine on a fitness centre for not adhering to physical distancing, especially at their reception, and employees' lack of commitment to wearing masks.
Meanwhile, visitors or tourists whose visas expired after March 1 may have to shell out overstay fines, starting today. However, whether the calculation of overstay fines is from September 11 or from the exact date when the visitor's visa expired is yet to be ascertained.
SOURCE : KHALEEJTIMES