UAE reports 1,083 new COVID-19 cases, a hike from the previous day

People wearing protective face masks and gloves shop at Dubai mall after the UAE government eased a curfew and allowed stores to open, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, UAE. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 24 September 2020

UAE reports 1,083 new COVID-19 cases, a hike from the previous day

  • Dubai Police say 721 violations committed on beaches since March
  • Kuwait records 616 cases and 2 deaths, Oman reports 628 cases and 10 deaths

DUBAI: The UAE on Wednesday recorded 1,083 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, bringing the total to 87,530 and 406 respectively.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said 970 cases had recovered in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 76,995 since the pandemic emerged.
Meanwhile, Dubai Economy said it issued four fines to shops Al-Rigga and Al- Muraqqabat areas and gave warnings to two commercial establishments for not adhering to anti COVID-19 measures.

Inspection teams have been carrying out daily tours to ensure shopping centers, open markets and commercial businesses are complying with the government’s preventative measures.
Dubai Police said on Wednesday that a total of 721 violations have been committed on beaches from March to September .
Col. Saeed Al-Madhany said “maritime security teams operate patrols on foot, motorbikes and boats to monitor the public’s adherence to the precautionary measures.

The station also uses drones equipped with hi-tech infrared cameras and loudspeakers to broadcast messages to beachgoers.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 616 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 101,299, while the death toll stood at 590 after two new deaths were registered.

Oman recorded 628 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, bringing the total numbers to 95,339 and 875 respectively.

In Bahrain, four deaths were reported, taking the death toll 231, with 612 new confirmed cases.


Saad Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet

Updated 22 October 2020

Saad Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet

  • Hariri immediately promised a government of technocrats committed to a French-backed reform plan
  • He has previously led three governments in Lebanon

BEIRUT: Three-time Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri was named to the post for a fourth time Thursday and immediately promised a government of technocrats committed to a French-backed reform plan.
Hariri said he would “form a cabinet of non politically aligned experts with the mission of economic, financial and administrative reforms contained in the French initiative roadmap.”
“I will work on forming a government quickly because time is running out and this is the only and last chance facing our country,” he added.
President Michel Aoun named Hariri to form a new cabinet to lift the country out of crisis after most parliamentary blocs backed his nomination.
Hariri, who has previously led three governments in Lebanon, stepped down almost a year ago under pressure from unprecedented protests against the political class.
“The president summoned... Saad Al-Deen Al-Hariri to task him with forming a government,” a spokesman for the presidency said.
Hariri was backed by a majority of 65 lawmakers, while 53 abstained.
Lebanon is grappling with its worst economic crisis in decades and still reeling from a devastating port blast that killed more than 200 people and ravaged large parts of Beirut in August.
Aoun warned Wednesday that the new prime minister, the third in a year, would have to spearhead reforms and battle corruption.
A relatively unknown diplomat, Mustapha Adib, had been nominated in late August following the resignation of his predecessor Hassan Diab’s government in the aftermath of the deadly port blast.
Adib had vowed to form a cabinet of experts, in line with conditions set by French President Emmanuel Macron to help rescue the corruption-ridden country from its worst ever economic crisis.
He faced resistance from some of the main parties however and threw in the towel nearly a month later, leaving Lebanon rudderless to face soaring poverty and the aftermath of its worst peacetime disaster.