1,161 new COVID-19 cases in UAE as death toll reaches 505

1,161 new COVID-19 cases in UAE as death toll reaches 505
A medical worker carries a swab tested during coronavirus testing at a screening center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 05 November 2020

1,161 new COVID-19 cases in UAE as death toll reaches 505

1,161 new COVID-19 cases in UAE as death toll reaches 505
  • Abu Dhabi announces new entry rules from Nov. 8
  • Kuwait records 763 cases and 5 deaths, Bahrain reports 327 cases and 3 deaths

DUBAI: Health authorities in the UAE on Tuesday announced a further 1,161 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths from conditions related to the disease.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases in the country now stands at 137,310, and the death toll has reached 505. A further 1,493 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 134,983.
During daily inspections, teams from Dubai’s economic authority issued fines to three shops in a shopping center for not adhering to COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Authorities in Abu Dhabi have announced new entry requirements that will apply to people entering the emirate from Nov. 8 to enhance early-detection efforts. 

The Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergency and Disasters Committee said residents and visitors who arrive and remain in the emirate “for four or more consecutive days must take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test on the fourth day (after) entry. If they stay for eight or more consecutive days, they must take another PCR test on the eighth day.”
Residents and visitors will continue to be allowed to enter the emirate if they can provide evidence of a negative PCR test or laser-based DPI (diffractive phase interferometry) test within 48 hours of receiving the result.
Abu Dhabi has also announced the formation of a Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for Emergencies as part of its efforts to enhance and assist the health-care sector’s response to emergencies. 

It has a number of Emirati, regional and international COVID-19 specialists from the public and private sectors, including experts from academic, technical and scientific fields from the US, Britain, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Sheikh Abdullah Al-Hamed, the head of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health said: “We are working in the department to harness all available resources and capabilities to move forward in strengthening the health sector, enriching its outputs and empowering its workers, which is part of our vision aimed at making Abu Dhabi a healthy society.”
Meanwhile, the director-general of Abu Dhabi Police, Maj. Gen. Maktoum Ali Al-Sharifi, and sector directors were given doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as part of a national program and to promote the use of the vaccine.
Kuwait recorded 763 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total there to 128,843. The death toll stands at 794 after five more patients died.

Oman’s health ministry reported 319 new cases and 11 deaths, bringing the totals to 116,847 and 1,275 respectively.

In Bahrain, three deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 327, while 261 new infected cases were confirmed.