Coronavirus: UAE reports 1,141 Covid-19 cases, 672 recoveries, 4 deaths
DHA had earlier announced that the PCR Covid-19 testing stations at malls across Dubai are now accepting walk-in customers.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday reported 1,141 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 672 recoveries.
Four deaths were also reported in the country as a result of the illness. 132,374 new tests have been carried out and there are 2,910 active covid-19 cases in the country.
Nearly 14 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the UAE so far.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for Covid-19 Pandemic had earlier also 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.
Authorities in the UAE have called on citizens and residents not to circulate unconfirmed details about the Covid-19, and to follow the social media channels for the official authorities, and the mainstream media for accurate information.
Anyone spreading fake information and rumours on social media about coronavirus in the country will be punished according to the online law, the ministry has warned. On Thursday, two men — who were accused of fabricating a report about five members of an Emirati family dying of Covid-19 — have been sentenced to two years in jail. The court also ordered that the interviewee who provided false information to the reporter be deported at the end of his prison term.
Meanwhile, the Dubai Health Authority has announced that the PCR Covid-19 testing stations at malls across Dubai are now accepting walk-in customers. Operating hours have also changed. The testing stations at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira are open for walk-ins from Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to 5pm and from Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm.
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