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UAE Covid latest: Ramadan safety; Emirati festival celebration guidelines

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Published on March 28, 2021 at 05.45

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

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UAE residents get ready for safe Ramadan

As Muslims around the world prepare to mark the second socially distanced Ramadan amid Covid-19 this year, UAE residents have already begun preparations in line with safety rules. With the holy month set to begin in weeks, authorities across the UAE have issued several regulations so residents stay safe from the virus. Unlike last year when residents had to spend Ramadan inside their homes, mosques will remain open this time and will host the special Taraweeh prayers.
Gatherings, particularly for Iftar, remain strictly prohibited. In Dubai, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) has already cancelled all permits for Ramadan tents. For residents, getting ready for the holy month under such circumstances wouldn’t take much of an adjustment because, as they said, they have already “gotten used to the new normal”. Since many citizens and expatriates continue to work from home, Ramadan traditions such as Iftar and Suhoor have become an intimate family affair.

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UAE, China to work for ‘affordable’ vaccines

China wants to work with the UAE to expedite joint production of Covid-19 vaccines in order to make them available and affordable to all, Beijing’s top diplomat has said. The joint efforts can also explore developing multilateral cooperation to fight the pandemic, especially with Middle Eastern and African countries, and establish an international mechanism to ease people’s travel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in an interview with the Emirates News Agency (Wam) on Saturday. Yi landed in Abu Dhabi from Iran on Saturday evening for a two-day official visit as part of a regional tour. He will have meetings with top-level Emirati officials during the visit.

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UAE Ramadan 2021: Full list of Covid safety rules

Muslims around the world will mark the second socially distanced holy month of Ramadan amid Covid-19 this year. With the holy month set to be begin in weeks, authorities across the UAE have issued Covid rules so that residents stay safe from the coronavirus. Unlike last year, mosques are open this year and will host the special Taraweeh prayers. Last year, residents had spent Ramadan within the safety of their homes as mosques remained closed as a safety measure. Here is a full list of Emirate-wise and federal Ramadan Covid rules.

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Covid vaccine UAE: 160,165 doses administered in 24 hours

The UAE has administered 160,165 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 7.9 million. This takes the rate of doses per 100 people to 80.4.

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Mohamed bin Zayed, Wang Yi discuss UAE-China ties in Covid-19 fight

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Saturday met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on a two-day visit to the UAE. Sheikh Mohamed and Yi discussed bilateral ties and reviewed the global fight against Covid-19 pandemic, including the ongoing UAE-China collaboration on vaccination and treatment. They highlighted the importance of accelerating international cooperation and fostering global synergy to stem the fallout from the disease.

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Skip Haq Al Laila this year: NCEMA

UAE officials have asked residents to avoid celebrating Haq Al Laila this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) urged the community to forgo celebrations unless they are within the same household. Haq Al Laila is usually celebrated in the middle of the Islamic month of Shaaban, the month that precedes Ramadan. It falls two weeks before the holy month.

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UAE reports 2,304 Covid-19 cases, 2,428 recoveries, 5 deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday reported 2,304 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 2,428 recoveries and 5 deaths. The new cases were detected through 248,372 additional tests. More than 37.7 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the UAE so far. The total number of cases in UAE as on March 27 are 453,069, while total recoveries stand at 436,463. The death toll rises to 1,477.

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Holidays from UAE amid Covid: Quarantine-free travel begins from Dh1,029

People around the world have cut down on holidays abroad or cancelled them altogether due to Covid-triggered quarantine requirements. However, there are countries that don't mandate quarantine for tourists. The UAE residents can fly to more than half a dozen destinations, where they will not have to quarantine. Airlines based in the UAE are offering quarantine-free holiday packages to Seychelles, Maldives, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Kyiv, Istanbul, Tashkent and Nairobi.

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Global daily statistics

Covid-19 infections are still rising in 88 countries. There have been at least 127,265,260 reported infections and over 2,788,800 reported deaths caused by the new coronavirus so far.


So far, at least 141 countries have begun vaccinating people for the coronavirus and have administered at least 526,425,000 doses of the vaccine.

Live map: Global spread of coronavirus

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