UAE confirms 1,563 new cases of coronavirus infections

UAE confirms 1,563 new cases of coronavirus infections
The UAE has been gradually easing coronavirus restrictions on inviduals and businesses. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 24 October 2020

UAE confirms 1,563 new cases of coronavirus infections

UAE confirms 1,563 new cases of coronavirus infections
  • The country’s caseload is now at 122,273

DUBAI: The UAE reported 1,563 new cases of coronavirus infections after the health authorities conducted 120,351 additional COVID-19 tests for citizens and residents.

The country’s caseload is now at 122,273, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said in a report from state news agency WAM.

The health ministry likewise confirmed one death related to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 475 since the pandemic began.

There were meanwhile an additional 1,704 individuals who recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 115,068.


US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’
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US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’
  • Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet and hostssome 5,000 American troops
  • UAE hosts 3,500 US troops and its Jebel Ali port is the busiest port of call for American warships outside of the US

DUBAI: The US called Bahrain and the UAE “major security partners” early on Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations.
A White House statement tied the designation to Bahrain and the UAE normalizing ties to Israel, saying it “reflects their extraordinary courage, determination and leadership.” It also noted the two countries long have taken part in US military exercises.
It’s unclear what the designation means for Bahrain and the UAE.
Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, while the UAE’s Jebel Ali port is the busiest port of call for American warships outside of the US. Bahrain hosts some 5,000 American troops, while the UAE hosts 3,500, many at Al-Dhafra Air Base.
Already, the US uses the designation of “major non-NATO ally” to describe its relationship with Kuwait, which hosts the forward command of US Army Central. That designation grants a country special financial and military considerations for nations not part of NATO. Bahrain also is a non-NATO ally.
The US military’s Central Command and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The 5th Fleet referred queries to the State Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White House designation comes in the final days of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Trump forged close ties to Gulf Arab countries during his time in office in part over his hard-line stance on Iran.
That’s sparked a series of escalating incidents between the countries after Trump unilaterally withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
It also comes after Bahrain and the UAE joined Egypt and Saudi Arabia in beginning to resolve a yearslong boycott of Qatar, that houses Al-Udeid Air Base.