Covid in UAE: Daily cases cross 3,100-mark

Total active cases stand at 40,780



Published: Sat 15 Jan 2022, 1:55 PM

Last updated: Sun 16 Jan 2022, 1:18 AM

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Thursday reported 3,116 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,182 recoveries and three deaths.

Total active cases stand at 40,780.

The new cases were detected through 410,949 additional tests.

The total number of cases in UAE as on January 15 are 802,181, while total recoveries stand at 759,213. The death toll now stands at 2,188.

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Anyone who comes into Google's US work sites will require a negative test and be required to wear surgical-grade masks while at the office, the company said.

"To help prevent the further spread of Covid-19 during this period of heightened risk, we’re implementing new temporary health and safety measures for anyone accessing our sites in the US," a Google spokesperson said.

Google provides free at-home and in-person testing options to its employees, their dependants and household members.

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An online petition started by a Boston high school senior saying schools are a "Covid-19 breeding ground" and calling for a remote option had gathered more than 8,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

The Boston Student Advisory Council, which called for a citywide walkout on Friday morning, posted a series of demands on Twitter, including two weeks of remote learning and improved Covid-19 testing for teachers and students.

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