UAE announces 1,008 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths

UAE announces 1,008 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths
People walk at Mall of the Emirates during the reopening of malls, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, UAE. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 04 November 2020

UAE announces 1,008 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths

UAE announces 1,008 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths
  • Private schools in Abu Dhabi to reopen in January; Sharjah approves $140 million business-stimulus package
  • Kuwait records 787 cases and 3 deaths, Oman reports 376 cases and 8 deaths

DUBAI: Private schools in Abu Dhabi will reopen to students in January, authorities in the emirate announced on Tuesday. It came as the UAE confirmed 1,008 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths related to the disease.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases has reached 136,149, and the death toll stands at 503. A further 1,466 people recovered during the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 133,490.
Dr. Omar Al-Hammadi, the official spokesman for the government, said that the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases fell by 15 percent between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3. The rate of recovery has fallen by nine percent, he added, and 21 people died during the past week.

Al-Hammadi also said that it is possible to be reinfected by the same virus even after a patient has recovered or after they have received their vaccination, depending on the individual.
In a message posted on Twitter, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said: “This week’s mortality rate is 0.4%, the lowest globally compared to the EU (at) 2.6% and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at 2.4% and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries (OECD) at 3.0%.”

The announcement that private schools in Abu Dhabi will reopen was made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the Department of Education and Knowledge.
“The Department of Education will coordinate with private schools and support them in implementing the necessary preventive and precautionary measures to maintain the health and safety of students and staff,” officials said.

In Sharjah, the government has approved a second stimulus package of incentives, worth 512 million dirhams ($140 million), to support public and private-sector businesses and the self-employed, help boost the business sector and mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic.
Kuwait announced 787 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 128,080. The death toll in the country has reached 789, after three new fatalities were confirmed.

Oman’s Health Ministry reported 376 new cases and eight deaths, bringing the totals to 116,528 and 1,264 respectively.

In Bahrain, two deaths was reported, bringing the death toll to 324, while 230 new infected cases were confirmed.