Dubai extends usage of expired health insurances amid coronavirus pandemic

Dubai extends usage of expired health insurances amid coronavirus pandemic
A man, wearing a protective face mask, stands inside a dry cleaner in the Emirate city of Dubai on March 31, 2020, after the country imposed a sweeping crackdown, closing its borders and halting passenger flight among others measures to contain the virus. (File/AFP)
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Updated 03 April 2020

Dubai extends usage of expired health insurances amid coronavirus pandemic

Dubai extends usage of expired health insurances amid coronavirus pandemic
  • People carrying expired health insurance will still receive medical treatment during the three-month period

DUBAI: The Dubai Health Authority has extended the use of expired health insurance cards for three months, effective on March 24, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.
People carrying expired health insurance will still receive medical treatment during the three-month period, the authority said.
The decision has been taken to help simplify the procedures for customers and auditors dealing with the authority during the coronavirus pandemic.
The UAE has reported on Thursday 210 new coronavirus cases, which brings the total number of infected cases to 1,024.


Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean

Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean
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Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean

Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean
  • At least two other Iranian ballistic missiles exploded on impact when they hit the ocean
  • Nimitz has remained in the northern Arabian Sea on the orders of outgoing President Donald Trump

LONDON: Long-range Iranian missiles rained down dangerously close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean on Saturday and 100 miles from the US Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group, Fox News reported. 

US officials, who wished to remain anonymous, said that at least one of the missiles landed 20 miles from the commercial vessel.

At least two other Iranian ballistic missiles exploded on impact when they hit the ocean, about 100 miles away from the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group.

Shards of debris flew in all directions on impact, the US news channel said. 

"We were expecting the missile launch," an official told Fox News, but there was concern about just how close Iran was willing to push its limits. 

Nimitz has remained in the northern Arabian Sea on the orders of outgoing President Donald Trump.

The Pentagon changed its mind and ordered the Nimitz to turn around and remain in the region earlier this month after it left the Arabian Gulf and was due to return home.

“Due to the recent threats issued by Iranian leaders against President Trump and other US government officials, I have ordered the USS Nimitz to halt its routine redeployment,” Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said on January 3. 

“The USS Nimitz will now remain on station in the US Central Command area of operations.”

January 3 marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The Islamic Republic has vowed to avenge the general’s death.