UAE confirms 894 new coronavirus cases

The ministry urged people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission. (File/AFP)
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Updated 22 May 2020

UAE confirms 894 new coronavirus cases

  • The ministry confirmed four new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 237
  • Dubai Airports said that all scheduled flights will operate from the airport’s Terminal 3

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 894 new coronavirus cases overnight after conducting additional 43,000 tests, raising the country’s COVID-19 caseload to 26,898, the health ministry said in a report from state news agency WAM.
The ministry has also confirmed four new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 237. It added that 946 people have also recovered from COVID-19, raising the number of recovered patients in the state to 12,755.
The ministry urged people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.
Meanwhile, Dubai Airports said in a statement that all scheduled flights will operate from the airport’s Terminal 3, and passengers must wear appropriate protective equipment and must be at the airport four hours before their flight.
Dubai Airports added that passengers without confirmed tickets or without protective items and those who arrive earlier than four hours before their scheduled flights would be denied entry to the terminal.
Passengers were also encouraged to take note of curfew timings and have their tickets available when required by the Dubai Police.

The UAE earlier imposed tighter curfews in industrial areas and workers’ accommodations, which start from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., to give way for the implementation of National Disinfection Program.
The interior and human resource ministry have urged residents living in the said areas not to leave their homes during the curfew period, except when necessary, to help contain the spread of coronavirus.


Lebanon extends coronavirus regulations until July 5

Updated 52 min 34 sec ago

Lebanon extends coronavirus regulations until July 5

  • This is the sixth extension since they were first implemented
  • More beneficiaries were included on the list to receive COVID-19 aid

DUBAI: The Lebanese government has extended its ‘general mobilization against coronavirus’ for another four weeks.
The extension, the sixth since it was first adopted on March 15, was based on recommendations from Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council.
“The measures are still urgent to avert any second wave whose consequences will be difficult to treat,” the country’s information minister Manal Abdel-Samad said.
Lebanon’s government is still committed to the five-stage plan of reopening and security forces will help oversee violations of measures, he added.
Authorities have started the second wave of financial aid distribution to those negatively impacted by COVID-19, Prime Minister Hassan Diab meanwhile said.
The government has included more beneficiaries ‘n line with field studies carried out by the Lebanese Army in direct cooperation with the Interior Ministry, municipalities and mokhtars,’ Abdul-Samad said.
Authorities will allow protests if people wear masks, avoid blocking roads, do not vandalize public or private properties, refrain from clashing with security forces and non-participating civilians, she added.
“We are with the right to protest but that right can transform into chaos if there is a return to blocking roads, vandalizing public and private property … I don’t think that any Lebanese person accepts these practices, which don’t resemble democratic expression,” Abdul-Samad said.