UAE confirms 1,234 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

UAE confirms 1,234 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
Tourists get a medical screening upon arrival at Terminal 3 at Dubai airport, in the UAE. (File/AFP)
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Updated 03 November 2020

UAE confirms 1,234 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

UAE confirms 1,234 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
  • 5 UAE scientists get 2.5m dirhams grant for COVID-19 research
  • Kuwait records 759 cases and 4 deaths

DUBAI: The UAE on Monday recorded 1,234 new COVID-19 cases and one death.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began has reached 135,141, with the death toll at 497.
The ministry added that 1,516 people recovered over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 132,024.
Dubai’s economic authority said for the second consecutive day, no establishments were closed and no fines or warnings issued regarding adherence to anti-COVID-19 measures.
Meanwhile, the Mohammed bin Rashid Medical Research Institute of the Al-Jalila Foundation awarded 2.5 million dirhams ($680,652) in financial grants to five Emirati medical researchers in support of COVID-19 research and to help enhance the UAE’s capacity to address this and other viral diseases.

The grants in the fields of genetics, therapies and diagnostics are the first of their kind to be offered through the foundation, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Global Initiatives, a charitable institution dedicated to improving the lives of individuals through education and research in the medical field.
“At a time when the world is racing against time to find solutions for eradicating the virus, well-funded research efforts are critical to mitigate current and future health and economic challenges,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman of the board of trustees of the Al-Jalila Foundation.
In the emirate of Ajman, the Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Team announced that it is relaxing a ban on weddings and other social events in hotels, halls and houses from Nov. 1.

It is permitting up to 200 people in hotels and halls, and a maximum of 50 people in homes, but social distancing measures and other preventive guidelines must be implemented.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 759 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 127,293. The death toll reached 786 after four new fatalities were registered.

Oman’s Health Ministry said the total number of cases had reached 116,152, with the death toll at 1,256.

In Bahrain, one death was reported, bringing the death toll to 322, while 210 new infected cases were confirmed.