UAE records 1,400 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

UAE records 1,400 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
A total of 2,189 patients also recovered from the illness, raising the number of people free from the virus to 124,647. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 October 2020

UAE records 1,400 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

UAE records 1,400 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
  • The country’s total number of cases now stands at 129,024
  • The total fatality rate in the country has reached 485

DUBAI: The UAE recorded 1,400 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours after conducting 104,673 tests, state news agency WAM reported.
The country’s total number of cases now stands at 129,024, the health ministry said.
The ministry also recorded the death of three patients, bringing the total fatality rate in the country to 485.
A total of 2,189 patients also recovered from the illness, raising the number of people free from the virus to 124,647.
The UAE, with a population of around 9.9 million people, has seen the number of daily new cases surge over the past two months from 164 on Aug. 3 to a high of 1,563 in October.


Lebanon investigates death of former customs official

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Lebanon investigates death of former customs official

Lebanon investigates death of former customs official
  • Col. Munir Abu Rjeili was found dead, in his home in Qartaba, some 40 km northeast of Beirut, from a blow to the head
  • Leading Druze politician Walid Jumblatt questioned whether there was a link with the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut port

BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities are investigating the killing of a retired customs officer in what a leading politician described as a “terrible incident.”
Col. Munir Abu Rjeili was found dead in his home on Wednesday in Qartaba, some 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Beirut, with a blow to the head, a security source said.
Leading Druze politician Walid Jumblatt asked on Twitter on Thursday what was behind the killing. He questioned whether there was a link with the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut port that killed about 200 people and devastated swathes of the capital.
“Is this terrible incident to obstruct any serious investigation into the case of the explosion at Beirut port?” Jumblatt wrote.
But a senior interior ministry source said: “So far, no link has been found between the port and the murder.”
Abu Rjeili’s career in Lebanese customs included leading a Beirut division that counters overland smuggling, serving at the airport and heading a division of the Higher Customs Council, according to CV sent by a relative and lawyer, Joseph Khalil.
Abu Rjeili had not been summoned for questioning in the investigation in to the Beirut blast probe and had not served at the port, the source said.
Khalil, the lawyer, said the family was waiting for the results of the investigation.
Four months since the explosion, Lebanese are still awaiting the final results of the investigation, after authorities promised a full and swift probe.
President Michel Aoun last month called for the acceleration of the investigation.
The first warning about the cargo that blew up in Beirut port came in 2014 from another late Lebanese customs officer, Col. Joseph Skaf. Skaf’s family believe his death in 2017 was murder, possibly connected to his long career as a customs officer fighting criminality and drug smuggling.