UAE confirms 1,311 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

An Emirati doctor looks on as nurses prepare beds in a huge field hospital being built in Dubai, UAE. (File/AFP/Getty Images)
An Emirati doctor looks on as nurses prepare beds in a huge field hospital being built in Dubai, UAE. (File/AFP/Getty Images)
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Updated 05 December 2020

UAE confirms 1,311 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

UAE confirms 1,311 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
  • UAE says 793 have recovered over the past 24 hours
  • Kuwait records 343 cases and 2 deaths

DUBAI: The UAE on Friday recorded 1,311 new coronavirus cases and one death.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began has reached 174,062, with the death toll now 586.
The ministry added that 793 people recovered over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 157,828.
On Thursday, Dubai Economy said it had closed down a gym for holding a celebration to mark the UAE’s National Day, which is celebrated on Dec. 2nd, and for violating anti-COVID-19 measures.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 343 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 143,917. The death toll reached 886 after two new fatalities were registered.

In Bahrain, zero deaths was reported, keeping the death toll to 341, while 167 new infected cases were confirmed.


EU, Turkey call for better ties after tough 2020

EU, Turkey call for better ties after tough 2020
Updated 19 min 15 sec ago

EU, Turkey call for better ties after tough 2020

EU, Turkey call for better ties after tough 2020
  • Turkey faces threat of EU economic sanctions over a hydrocarbons dispute with Greece in the eastern Mediterranean

BRUSSELS/ANKARA: The European Union and Turkey pressed each other on Thursday to take concrete steps to improve relations long strained by disagreements over energy, migration and Ankara’s human rights record.
Turkey, which remains an official candidate for EU membership despite the tensions, is facing the threat of EU economic sanctions over a hydrocarbons dispute with Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, but the mood music between Brussels and Ankara has improved since the new year.
“We have seen an improvement in the overall atmosphere,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said as he welcomed Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for talks, describing 2020 as complicated.
“Intentions and announcements need to be translated into actions,” Borrell said.
The improved tone follows a video conference between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Jan. 9 in which both stressed the importance of the bilateral relationship.
Cavusoglu said he hoped von der Leyen and Charles Michel, the head of the European Council which represents the 27 EU member states, would visit Turkey after an invitation from Erdogan.
“It is of course important for there to be a positive atmosphere in Turkey-EU ties, but in order for this to be sustainable, we must take concrete steps,” Cavusoglu added.
2020 proved particularly difficult for relations between Turkey and the EU, especially France, with Erdogan expressing publicly his hope that protests in French cities would topple President Emmanuel Macron.
Greece and Cyprus, strongly backed by France, want to punish Turkey for what they see as provocative oil and gas exploration by Turkish vessels in disputed waters, but Germany and Italy are reluctant to go ahead with any sanctions on Ankara.
Turkey has now withdrawn the vessels and is set to restart talks with Greece, although the EU has accused Ankara of playing “cat and mouse” in a pattern of provocation and reconciliation.
EU leaders will decide in March whether to impose sanctions.
Brussels also accuses Erdogan of undermining the economy, eroding democracy and destroying independent courts and media, leaving Turkey’s bid to join the EU further away than ever.
“We remain concerned about the (human rights) situation in Turkey,” Borrell said on Thursday.
The European Parliament is expected on Thursday to back a resolution calling for the release of Selahattin Demirtas, a leading Kurdish politician jailed in 20216 on terrorism-related charges.
But Turkey remains a big destination for EU trade and investment and also hosts some 4 million Syrian refugees. The EU aims to agree fresh funds for the refugees from 2022 to discourage them from coming into the bloc.
Ankara wants progress on Turks’ right to visa-free travel to the EU, an upgrade of its trade agreement with Europe and recognition of its claims to hydrocarbons off its maritime shelf.