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Covid-19 wrap from UAE: UAE reports 1,141 Covid-19 cases, How Covid-19 made UAE read, Some India-bound passengers may take Covid-19 test upon arrival

ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on November 8, 2020
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Changes in habits have emerged since Covid-19 restricted movement and people started spending more time at home.

UAE reports 1,141 Covid-19 cases, 672 recoveries, 4 deaths

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.

Covid crisis shows world that our destiny is one, cooperation is must: Sheikh Mohammed

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has said that the UAE believes in tolerance, openness and coexistence with all peoples, highlighting that the model that the UAE adopts in terms of human diversity is similar to that of the United Nations, where the UAE opens its doors for all people to realise their dreams. This came in His Highness’s speech during the resumed session of the High-level Meeting to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, where Sheikh Mohammed said, "All nations and peoples realise that true strength and real prosperity comes via cooperation and coordination," reiterating that, "Our strength lies in our diversity and our solidarity." With regard to the coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions, the Ruler said, "We believe that there is no future for anyone without cooperating with the other, and that no nation can isolate itself from the rest of the world," explaining that the world learnt this lesson clearly in 2020 with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the largest global health crisis in this century.

How Covid-19 made UAE read, read, and read

Changes in habits have emerged since Covid-19 restricted movement and people started spending more time at home. Experts say there has been a visible shift in reading trends, with the focus moving to titles related to lifestyle and entrepreneurship. “I definitely think being at home has led to more readers,” says Ipshita Sharma, international sales manager for IPS ME and literary scout for Literary Sapiens. A lot of parents have also been putting more emphasis on reading as they try to cut down their children’s screen time, she added. “The main areas of interest seem to be lighter fiction, creativity-related lifestyle books, cookery and gardening titles. There is also a bend towards books about entrepreneurship and investment guides,” Sharma said. time at home. Reading, in particular, has now been commanding attention from the UAE’s residents.

Some passengers may now take Covid-19 test upon arrival at airport

India-bound travellers — who are seeking exemption from institutional quarantine but do not have a negative PCR Covid-19 test report at hand — may now take the test upon their arrival at the airport, according to the new guidelines of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. However, not all airports in India have this testing facility. Passengers who will be arriving without a negative RT-PCR test report and do not have the option to get screened at the airport will have to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine and seven days of home quarantine. The Indian ministry issued the latest guidelines on November 5, superseding the rules set on August 2. To apply for exemption from institutional quarantine in India, passengers can submit a negative PCR test result online (ww.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding.

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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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