UAE reports 1,205 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

UAE reports 1,205 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths
An Emirati official presents a rose to an Indian health worker, part of an 80 person medical team, upon their arrival at Dubai International Airport. (File/AFP)
Short Url
Updated 23 November 2020

UAE reports 1,205 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

UAE reports 1,205 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths
  • Fujairah bans all types of camping
  • Kuwait records 322 new cases, 3 deaths, Kuwait records 322 new cases, 3 deaths, Bahrain reports 114 cases

DUBAI: The UAE on Sunday recorded 1,205 new coronavirus cases and four deaths.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases in the country since the pandemic began has reached 158,990, with the death toll now at 552.
The ministry added that 791 people recovered over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 148,871.
The emergency, crisis and disaster management committee in the emirate of Fujairah announced that it will ban all types of camping, including caravans, as part of coronavirus precautionary measures.
The decision, announced by Maj. Gen. Mohamed Ahmad bin Ghanem Al-Kaabi, commander in chief of Fujairah Police, comes as the emirate begins its camping season and as the hot summer weather begins to cool down.
As part of daily inspection tours, Dubai Economy shut down a gaming center located on Sheikh Zayed Road for violating anti-COVID-19 measures on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 322 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 140,056. The death toll reached 866 after three new fatalities were registered.

Oman’s Health Ministry said the country’s total number of cases had reached 122,081 and the death toll was 1,380.

In Bahrain, 114 new infected cases were confirmed, and the death toll stands at 338 after no deaths were reported in the previous 24 hours.

 


Hunger threatens Lebanon if leaders don’t act, UK minister warns

Updated 13 min ago

Hunger threatens Lebanon if leaders don’t act, UK minister warns

Hunger threatens Lebanon if leaders don’t act, UK minister warns
  • James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, called it “a man-made problem which could have been prevented”

BEIRUT: Lebanon is on the verge of not being able to feed itself, a British minister warned on Thursday, as the country’s financial crisis hikes poverty and inflation.
James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, called it “a man-made problem which could have been prevented,” joining a chorus of voices who have blamed Lebanon’s ruling elite for failing to chart a path out of the crisis.
Since last year, the unprecedented meltdown has crashed the currency and wiped out jobs. Photos of people rummaging through dumpsters or selling their belongings online for food have circulated widely in recent months.
A COVID-19 spike and a massive port blast that killed around 200 people in August have compounded their woes.
“The most pressing danger is the risk to food security: Lebanon is on the verge of not being able to feed itself,” Cleverly, who met Lebanese officials in Beirut on Thursday, said in a statement.
“Four months on from the blast, Lebanon is threatened by a silent tsunami. Lebanon’s leaders must act.”
Comments about a looming end to subsidies, which have depleted already critical foreign currency reserves, have raised fears of shortages. Lebanon imports lots — including much of its domestic wheat consumption — and produces little.
Lebanon’s central bank and government have traded blame over the crisis. The bank can only maintain basic subsidies for two more months and the state should come up with a plan, Governor Riad Salameh said on Tuesday.
Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab has said lifting subsidies on vital goods without helping the poor could cause “a social explosion.”
Cleverly said any end to subsidies would make things worse. “I reiterate my call to the leaders of Lebanon to do what is needed and deliver reforms,” he said. “The alternative will be horrific.”