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UAE Covid latest: Nurseries in Sharjah to reopen; mid-Sha'ban gatherings banned

Compiled by Lekshmy

Published on March 24, 2021 at 07.59

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

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One year of fighting Covid

When the world rang in 2020, little did we think it would unleash a global pandemic that would bring countries everywhere to their knees. The UAE too was impacted and announced its first curfew with movement restrictions on March 24. A year later, Khaleej Times looks at how the nation beat the virus. In details

(Live: Covid updates in the UAE and around the world)

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Covid vaccine UAE: 103,156 doses administered in 24 hours

The UAE has administered 103,156 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 7.47 million. This takes the rate of doses per 100 people to 75.61. In details

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UAE reports 2,172 Covid-19 cases, 2,348 recoveries, 6 deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday reported 2,172 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 2,348 recoveries and 6 deaths. The new cases were detected through 209,079 additional tests. The total number of cases in UAE as on March 23 are 444,398, while total recoveries stand at 427,188. The death toll rises to 1,451. In details

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Nurseries in Sharjah can reopen soon

Government and private nurseries in Sharjah can resume receiving children from March 28 with strict Covid safety protocols. The local emergency, crisis and disaster management team in Sharjah, in cooperation with the Sharjah Private Education Authority, said multiple inspections have been carried out at the nurseries to ensure they are Covid-safe to receive children. A detailed guide has been distributed among schools and nurseries about the Covid safety measures. This was followed by safety inspections to ensure compliance. Nurseries staff are required to provide PCR test results every two weeks. In details

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Gatherings for mid-Sha'ban banned

The Ras Al Khaimah Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Team has announced a ban on middle of Sha’ban gatherings. The authorities have warned that violators would not be treated with leniency as gatherings on the 15th of Sha’ban constituted a breach of public health protocols. In details

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Full list: UAE staff who must take PCR tests every week or two

The UAE has implemented stringent Covid safety measures across the country. Among them are compulsory Covid PCR tests every week or two. Multiple announcements have been made about the mandatory PCR tests for private and public sector employees this year. Here is a list of who all need to take the test and how often. In details

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Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world

Dubai has come first in more than 11 personal safety indicators within varied competitiveness indices to place itself within the top 20 safest cities in the world. A policy brief released recently by the Dubai Competitiveness Office said Dubai utilised its fundamentals on safety and security to sustain its top rankings in competitiveness and set standards for effectively managing the global Covid-19 crisis. In details

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‘Mutated strains are more infectious’

UAE researchers are closely studying the new strains of Covid-19, which are blamed for the surge in cases globally.
At a Covid-19 briefing on Tuesday, Dr Farida Al Hosani, spokesperson for the UAE’s health sector, said that after regular follow-ups and research on the contagion, the health authorities have found that new mutations of the virus are responsible for the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the world, as reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently. She said the researchers have observed that mutated strains tend to spread faster and are more transmissible and infectious, but, so far, it does not appear to cause more severe infection, a higher mortality rate, or any kind of different clinical manifestation. In details

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CBSE: UAE students can write their board exams in India

Class X and class XII students under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) can change their board exam centres this year, principals in the UAE have confirmed. The CBSE said it has taken the decision in view of the disruption caused by Covid-19, which has forced students to relocate to different cities and countries under compelling situations. Candidates can get more details regarding the entire process from the official website of the CBSE at In details

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Pandemic-time artworks fetch $82m for global kids

The world’s biggest art canvas made by Sacha Jafri in Dubai was auctioned for a whopping $62 million on March 22. The proceeds of the auction will be routed through Dubai Cares to four charities to help underprivileged children across the world. The British contemporary artist had been working on this back-breaking masterpiece at Atlantis, The Palm for most of last year and was hoping to cut the painting into 70 pieces and sell at six auctions in different countries over nine months. The Journey of Humanity took about eight months and 20 hours every day for Jafri to complete. The final piece is over 17,000 square feet in size, the equivalent of two football fields put together. In details

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E-learning or in-person schooling for your kids next term?

Education authorities in the UAE are conducting an opinion poll of parents about the mode of education they would like their children to pursue during the forthcoming third term. The Emirates Foundation for School Education said the last date for participating in the survey is March 24. They can choose one of two modes: Distance education or in-person learning. In details

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Two on trial for assaulting Dubai Police officers

Two men are standing trial in Dubai on charges of assaulting and insulting police officers on January 29 at Naif in Deira. A policeman found two Arab men without masks. When the officer asked the first defendant, 46, to show his Emirates ID, he refused and offered to pay a fine on the spot. However, when the policeman asked him to come to the police station, he tried to run away, and was arrested. The other defendant, 32, was trying to make a video of the incident and pushed the officer when he asked for the cellphone of the defendant. In details

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 124 million

The overall number of global Covid-19 cases has surpassed 124 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.73 million. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 29,920,561 and 543,793, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil follows in the second place with 12,130,019 cases and 298,676 fatalities.


So far, 139 countries have begun vaccinating people for the coronavirus and have administered at least 457,682,000 doses of the vaccine. Gibraltar leads the world and has administered enough vaccine doses for 79 per cent of its population, assuming every person needs two doses.

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