Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus news bulletin from UAE: 1,161 new cases reported; Abu Dhabi entry rules tweaked Filed on November 5, 2020

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:

UAE reports 1,161 Covid-19 cases, 1,493 recoveries, 2 deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 1,161 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,493 recoveries. Two deaths were also reported. As many as 116,083 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total to more than 13.58 million tests in the country so far. On Tuesday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. "We ask God to protect everyone and heal everyone," Sheikh Mohammed said in a post shared on his official Twitter account. He posted a photo in which he can be seen receiving the vaccine in his shoulder. "We appreciate the efforts of the teams that worked hard to make our country one of the first to receive the vaccine for this virus.

UAE leaders laud frontliners in coronavirus fight, discuss national issues in meeting

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Wednesday. During the meeting, both sides discussed several national issues related to making the Emirati community happy and providing citizens and residents with safety and decent lives. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed lauded the efforts of medical and nursing teams and other front-liners in the country to limit the spread of coronavirus, Covid-19, and protect members of the community from the pandemic, which requires adherence to the precautionary measures issued by relevant authorities to citizens and residents.

Emirates offers unpaid leave of 12 months to some pilots

Dubai-based carrier Emirates has offered unpaid leave of 12 months to some of its pilots as the pandemic continues to bite airlines across the globe. The airline is working on various initiatives such as unpaid leave and flexible work-time models to retain its talent pool. "We can confirm that we've offered some of our pilots unpaid leave for 12 months, with the possibility of an early recall back to duty depending on how quickly demand rebounds, and our operational requirements. During unpaid leave, the company will continue to provide accommodation, medical cover and other allowances," the airline's spokesperson said in a statement.

New requirements for entering Abu Dhabi announced

The Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for Covid-19 Pandemic on Wednesday announced new requirements for entering the emirate. Starting Sunday, November 8, all UAE citizens and expats, including returning Abu Dhabi residents, must enter the emirate within 48 hours of receiving a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or diffractive phase interferometry (DPI) laser test result. If they stay on for more than four days, they must mandatorily take a PCR test on the fourth day. The day of arrival is counted as the first day. If they stay for more than eight days, they must take another PCR test on the eighth day. The new requirements nullify the earlier rule announced on September 4, where a mandatory PCR test had to be taken on the sixth day.

How Abu Dhabi deals with Covid waste

Authorities in Abu Dhabi have taken additional measures to handle Covid-19-related waste such as face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The Centre for Waste Management in Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) said it has provided additional waste containers “where needed”. “This is coupled with thorough environmental, safety and health protocols and supervision for all the employees deployed in ... waste collection and transportation services,” Mubarak Al Ameri, department director, Collection and Transport Projects at Tadweer, told Khaleej Times. Residents found littering used PPE are being fined and warned by the authorities concerned, the official said. Employees are routinely trained to deal with such waste.

Dubai fines 3 businesses for breaking Covid-19 rules

Field inspectors from the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy continued their visits to a number of open markets and shopping centres across the emirate to make sure that commercial establishments commit to the precautionary measures against Covid-19. During the tours, Dubai Economy imposed fines on three retail outlets in a shopping centre for employees’ lack of commitment to wearing masks. Overall, inspections yesterday found that 748 shops and commercial establishments fully complied with the precautionary measures. Dubai Economy urged everyone to cooperate and contribute to keeping the emirate’s economy moving forward in spite of the pandemic threat. The precautionary measures have seen a gradual return to normal and safe economic activities in Dubai, leading to the opening of all sectors and the economic reset.


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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