Coronavirus news bulletin: Active cases fall below 3,000; air travel bubble helped 200,000 Indians fly to UAE
Around-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:
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday reported 1,278 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,606 recoveries. One death was also reported. As many as 112,546 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total to nearly 13.3 million tests till date. More than 13.2 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country so far. The UAE has formed a new committee to combat Covid-19. The National Covid-19 Crisis Recovery Management and Governance Committee will ensure efficient recovery of businesses as well as help them return to normalcy amid the crisis. Formed by the country's Supreme Committee for Covid-19 Crisis Management, the new committee will be chaired by Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, minister of industry and advanced technology.
More than 200,000 Indian citizens have travelled into the UAE since the launch of the India–UAE air travel bubble, according to Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor. Many of these incoming passengers had left the UAE on emergency repatriation flights amid the pandemic, he said. The Indian envoy also confirmed that the air bubble arrangement between both countries has been extended to December 31 from October 31. “More than 620,000 have travelled to India since the launch of the India-UAE air bubble.” The most recent statistics from the Indian mission revealed that roughly 8,000 people are travelling to and from UAE to India every day. “We stopped registrations on the missions’ portals a while ago. People are travelling in large numbers for more normal reasons — catching up with family, vacation,” said Kapoor.
Tasjeel Auto Village in Sharjah is piloting a drive-through car testing service in coordination with the Sharjah Police. The service ensures adherence to Covid-19 safety measures. The drive-through centre offers services like checking number plates and mileage; and testing lights, tyres, paint and under-hood condition. Earlier, basic testing and registration services required a physical inspection. With the new service, motorists can complete their vehicle inspections from the comfort of their vehicles "within two minutes". Earlier, basic testing and registration services required a physical inspection. With the new service, motorists can complete their vehicle inspections from the comfort of their vehicles "within two minutes".
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