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Covid latest: UAE compulsory PCR tests; Friday prayer updates; new Green list

Compiled by Lekshmy

Published on March 23, 2021 at 07.53

A round-up of major developments related to Covid-19 across the country.

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Covid test must for unvaccinated workers in 5 sectors

Employees in five sectors across the UAE will need to take a Covid PCR test every 14 days. The five sectors include: Hotels, restaurants, transportation, and health, as well as social and personal service industries such as laundries, and beauty and hair salons. Those who are vaccinated against Covid are exempted. The new rule is effective from March 28. In details

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Mandatory PCR tests for private sector staff in vital sectors

Abu Dhabi has made it compulsory for those working in vital sectors and industries within the private sector to undergo PCR testing every two weeks, according to a statement from health authorities. Employees can take the tests for free. The requirement is part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 and protect public health. Weekly PCR tests are already mandatory for unvaccinated government sector staff in the Capital. Sharjah and Ajman had earlier announced compulsory periodic Covid PCR tests for some workers. In details

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Men to use women's prayer halls for Friday prayers

Women's prayer halls at large mosques in Sharjah will be used to accommodate men for the Friday prayers, it was announced on Monday. Though mosques have reopened, women's prayer halls remain closed. The new decision is effective from Friday, March 26. In details
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75,957 vaccine doses administered in 24 hours

The UAE has administered 75,957 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours. The country's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the total doses administered now stands at 7.37 million. This takes the rate of doses per 100 people to 74.56. In details

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UAE reports 1,871 Covid cases, 2,144 recoveries, 7 deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday reported 1,871 new cases of the coronavirus, along with 2,144 recoveries and 7 deaths. The new cases were detected through 185,531 additional tests. Over 35.5 million tests have been carried out to date as part of the UAE's massive screening campaign. The total number of cases in UAE as on March 22 are 442,226, while total recoveries stand at 424,840. The death toll rises to 1,445. In details

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Abu Dhabi green list: Quarantine-free travel from 12 destinations

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has issued an updated list of ‘green list’ countries. Passengers arriving from these countries will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR testing at the airport. The list only applies to countries passengers are arriving from rather than citizenship. In details

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Police encourage public to report virus violations

Sharjah Police noted that members of the public have been cooperative in reporting Covid violations — and it is helping the force fight the pandemic. Members of the public can call on 901, use the Sharjah Police app ‘Haris’ or email A top police official said they receive various reports of violations through these channels, and violators are penalised accordingly. He said their smart app is easy to use and allows people to report violations and crimes on the go. In details

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Vaccine booth at mall opens for everyone

The Covid-19 vaccination booth at The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island has now opened for all residents, officials announced on Monday. The onsite booth operated by Mubadala Health is open to the public from Sunday to Thursday 10am to 7pm. Located on the Concourse level near Waitrose, the booth administers the UAE government-approved Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine free of charge. The centre operates on an appointment-only basis to ensure social distancing. For appointments, one must email An eligibility survey will be undertaken before the first appointment is confirmed. In details

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Mobile units to detect Covid, vaccinate residents

A new Covid-19 mobile medical centre opened in Ajman will offer various Covid-19 related services, including vaccinations to all members of the community. The facility includes 12 mobile units in first-of-its-kind service. The units will provide mobile and rapid solutions for early diagnosis and vaccinations in different regions of Ajman. In details

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Don’t fear Covid vaccine side-effects, say doctors

With the UAE going all out in administering Covid-19 vaccinations to all eligible individuals, doctors are encouraging UAE residents to take the jab without getting anxious about the mild side effects that may occur in some cases. They say these normally subside soon. The common side effects included pain, redness, swelling and itching at the vaccination spot on the body. Some other effects such as fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, allergy, muscle pain, joint pains and lethargy may occur later. These effects will usually subside within a day or two. In details

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Covid: First batch of Emirati Hope Makers graduates

The Hope Makers Development Program today graduated its first cohort of young Emirati hope makers. Covid-19 served as a live technical training and direct field experience in humanitarian, community, and relief work. The global pandemic, with all its health, social, and economic repercussions, served as a learning ground on how to swiftly develop innovative initiatives in response to crises. The first graduating class included 28 Emirati men and women who proposed five key projects to shape the future of humanitarian work and innovate new solutions in response to crises and challenges. In details

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Two men stand trial for forging PCR test result

An investor and an airline employee are facing trial at a Dubai court for allegedly forging a negative Covid-19 PCR test result to allow the former to travel outside the UAE. During interrogation, the investor admitted that the second accused, a 38-year-old compatriot, had handed him a printout of the same result after changing the date of issue to allow him to leave the country. Both the accused have been arrested and are in court-ordered detention until trial. In details

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Global daily statistics

Covid-19 infections are still rising in 81 countries. So far, there have been at least 123,420,000 reported infections and 2,843,000 reported deaths caused by the new coronavirus.


As many as 139 countries have begun vaccinating people for the coronavirus and have administered at least 448,076,000 doses of the vaccine. Gibraltar leads the world and has administered enough vaccine doses for 79% of its population, assuming every person needs two doses.

Live map: Global spread of coronavirus

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