UAE confirms 626 new coronavirus cases, announces 2.5 million tests conducted

The ministry urged people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 June 2020

UAE confirms 626 new coronavirus cases, announces 2.5 million tests conducted

  • There was also one fatality overnight, raising the death toll to 275
  • 724 people were cleared of COVID-19 infections

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 626 new coronavirus cases overnight after conducting an additional 52,996 tests, bringing the country’s total to 38,268, the health ministry said.
There was also one fatality overnight, raising the death toll to 275, state news agency WAM reported citing the ministry.
But 724 people meanwhile were cleared of COVID-19 infections, raising the number of patient recovery to 21,061.
The government also announced that its health entities carried out over 2.5 million tests for coronavirus in the country, which is said to be the world’s highest.
The ministry urged people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.


Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

Updated 11 July 2020

Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

  • Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country
  • The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest

DUBAI: Almost 1.5 million expatriate workers are expected to leave Kuwait by year’s end as economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to cut their workforce to save on costs and remain afloat.
Likewise, the government’s decision to lower the number of expats living in the country, through a new residency law, and its continuing Kuwaitization of jobs in the public sector also hit migrant workers.
Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country only in a span of 116 days, or from March 16 until July 9, many of whom have been laid off because of the coronavirus crisis, local newspaper Arab Times reported.
The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest, the report said.
The draft of Kuwait’s new residency law would limit the number of foreign nationals recruited by companies each year and will include regulations based on their skills, Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh was earlier reported as saying.
The Kuwait parliament aims to have the legislation ready by October, prior to the November elections.