UAE confirms 661 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 01 June 2020

UAE confirms 661 new coronavirus cases

  • There were two fatalities overnight, raising the death toll to 264
  • A total of 386 people were cleared of COVID-19 infections

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 661 new coronavirus cases overnight after conducting additional 37,000 tests, bringing the country’s total to 34,557, the health ministry said.
There were also two fatalities overnight, raising the death toll to 264, state news agency WAM reported citing the ministry.
But 386 people meanwhile were cleared of COVID-19 infections, raising the number of patient recovery to 17,932.
The ministry urged people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.


US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

Updated 13 August 2020

US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

WASHINGTON: The United States military on Wednesday said that Iranian forces had boarded a civilian vessel in international waters in the Gulf.
The US military’s Central Command released a grainy black-and-white video on Twitter showing a helicopter near a large ship.
“Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian ‘Sea King’ helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the ‘Wila,’” the US Central Command said in a tweet.
According to Refinitiv tracking data, Wila is a Liberian-flagged oil tanker and was currently anchored near the United Arab Emirates’ port of Khor Fakkan.
A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz and the ship was eventually released by Iranian forces. The official said the United States military was not involved in anything other than monitoring the situation.
Tensions between Iran and the United States increased last year following a series of incidents involving shipping in and near the Gulf.
In July 2019, Iran briefly seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.