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Coronavirus news bulletin: Dubai issues permits for mask exemptions; UAE hailed for hosting IPL Filed on November 10, 2020

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 1,146 Covid-19 cases, 668 recoveries, 1 death

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday reported 1,146 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 668 recoveries. One death was also reported. As many as 85,643 new Covid-19 tests were carried out in the country, taking the total to over 14.22 million tests so far. Globally, coronavirus infections exceeded 50 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, with a second wave of the virus in the past 30 days accounting for a quarter of the total. October was the worst month for the pandemic so far, with the US becoming the first country to report more than 100,000 daily cases. A surge in Europe contributed to the rise.

You can now apply for face mask exemption in Dubai

If you are suffering from a medical condition that can be aggravated by wearing a face mask, you can now be exempted from wearing one. According to a Twitter announcement, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Police have asked residents with certain medical conditions to apply for permits for exemption from wearing face masks by visiting The application will be processed within five days. After you apply, DHA’s General Medical Committee Office will evaluate the application, which must include a medical report confirming the applicant suffers from medical problems that can be aggravated by face masks. Apart from medical reports, key documents that must be submitted include the applicant’s Emirates ID.

E-tagging for Sharjah inmates to 'prevent crowding in jails'

The Sharjah Police have launched the second phase of their e-tagging system for prisoners, which will help prevent crowding at jails and curb the spread of Covid-19. The electronic surveillance tags are fitted around convicts’ ankles, which then transmit their locations to the police control room. The tags ensure that a convict adheres to the conditions specified for him/her. Those convicted in minor cases with jail terms of less than two years can avail of the e-tag system. Convicts who have completed half of their two- to five-year jail sentences are eligible as well. Those fitted with the tags can pursue their education, go for job interviews, offer prayers in mosques, attend court sessions and go to hospitals and clinics.

Three cheers for hosts UAE as IPL beats Covid-19 fears to reach finale

Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are the last two teams standing after 52 match days and 59 games of fluctuating fortunes. And these two teams will be fighting one last battle to determine the winner of the 2020 Indian Premier League at the magnificent Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 6pm on November 10. The Mumbai Indians are the overwhelming favourites to add to their four trophies in the world’s richest T20 tournament. But the Delhi Capitals have what it takes to give the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai team a run for their money. Ricky Ponting, the Delhi Capitals head coach, hopes his team will


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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