UAE reports 779 new coronavirus cases, additional recoveries and deaths

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Updated 26 May 2020

UAE reports 779 new coronavirus cases, additional recoveries and deaths

  • The new cases were detected after conducting over 28,000 new tests
  • The authority has also reported five more fatalities and 325 recoveries

DUBAI: The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has confirmed 779 new coronavirus cases, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.
The new cases were detected after conducting over 28,000 new tests, increasing the total number of infected people in the country to 31,086.
The authority has also reported five more fatalities, bringing the death toll to 253. There were also 325 further recoveries, bumping the total number of patients to recover to 15,982.
Meanwhile the Emirate of Dubai – which has a massive expat population and is popular with tourists - has announced an additional easing of coronavirus regulations to start on Wednesday, such as reopening of gyms, cinemas and entertainment attractions.
The resumption of businesses will be governed by new rules to curb the spread of coronavirus, where in opening hours will be limited between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., continuation of sterilization efforts and maintaining a two-meter distance between customers.


Egypt PM visits Sudan as Nile dam talks stall

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Egypt PM visits Sudan as Nile dam talks stall

  • The GERD has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011
  • Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies

KHARTOUM: Egypt’s prime minister arrived in Sudan on Saturday on a visit aiming to “improve cooperation” between the two neighbors, officials said, amid tensions over Ethiopia’s Nile dam.
It is Mostafa Madbouli’s first official visit to Sudan since the formation of a transitional government in Khartoum in 2019.
“The aim of this visit is to improve cooperation between the two countries in various fields,” the office of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in a statement.
Madbouli’s delegation includes Egypt’s ministers of water and irrigation, electricity, health, and trade and industry.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011.
Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it crucial for its electrification and development.
Talks between the three countries were suspended last week after Addis Ababa insisted on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.
Sudan on Monday said negotiations had been postponed for a week.
During his visit, Madbouli is also expected to meet with General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, council deputy chief and military general.