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

  • 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 hard-liners in parliament reject president’s nominee

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Iranian hard-liners in parliament reject president’s nominee

  • According to the parliament’s website, lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani’s nomination for minister of trade and industries
  • Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said the vote was 140-104 against the nominee

TEHRAN, Iran: Iranian hard-liners in parliament on Wednesday voted against President Hassan Rouhani’s nominee for trade minister in the first showdown between the rival camps since the house resumed work in May despite the struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the parliament’s website, lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani’s nomination for minister of trade and industries.
Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said the vote was 140-104 against the nominee. There were 254 lawmakers at the session and 10 abstained. The parliament has 290 seats.
The vote marked the first serious confrontation between the newly elected house, dominated by conservatives and the bloc of supporters of the relatively moderate Rouhani. Under the law, Rouhani must introduce new nominees to his Cabinet in the next three months.
Rouhani in May dismissed the trade and industry minister at the time, Reza Rahmani, as Iran faced an unprecedented economic downturn amid intense pressure from the United States after President Donald Trump pulled America out of Iran’s nuclear with world powers and reimposed sanctions on the country. Khiabani, 52, had since been the acting trade minister.
Iran is also grappling with the largest and deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus in the Middle East, with more than 331,000 confirmed cases and at least 18,800 deaths.