UAE coronavirus cases rise for a record 14th day with 3,591 new cases

The UAE has ramped up its immunization campaign with the aim of vaccinating more than 50 percent of its roughly 9 million population before the end of March. (AFP)
The UAE has ramped up its immunization campaign with the aim of vaccinating more than 50 percent of its roughly 9 million population before the end of March. (AFP)
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Updated 26 January 2021

UAE coronavirus cases rise for a record 14th day with 3,591 new cases

UAE coronavirus cases rise for a record 14th day with 3,591 new cases
  • UAE says 3,820 have recovered over the past 24 hours
  • Kuwait records 492 cases and 2 deaths, Bahrain reports 413 cases and 2 deaths

RIYADH: The UAE on Monday had another record number of coronavirus cases for a 14th consecutive day, with new 3,591 infections reported by health authorities.
Officials from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) said the total number of cases in the country has reached 281,546, while the death toll stands at 798 after six new deaths were reported.
The ministry said that 3,820 patients have recovered from the virus in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 255,304.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid appointed Awad Saghir Al-Ketbi as the new director general of the Dubai Health Authority. Al-Ketbi replaces Humaid Al-Qutami, according to a statement on WAM.
Dubai, the region’s business and tourism hub, has seen an influx of visitors during its peak winter season and in the past week reimposed some measures, including banning live entertainment and further restricting the number of people allowed to gather at social events and restaurants.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said from Feb. 1, all truck drivers entering the emirate must have a negative PCR test result from within the last seven days.
The committee said that failure to adhere to the specified procedures may result in fines and legal accountability.
Dubai Police said they now offer the vaccines at 10 different centers, in addition to four announced earlier, with the aim of vaccinating all police personnel in the emirate against the virus.

During daily inspection tours, officials from Dubai Economy, in cooperation with Dubai Sports Council, said they closed down two gyms, and issued fines to 13 businesses over failures to adhere to COVID-19 precautions.
Dubai Municipality announced it has intensified its inspection campaigns. It said six businesses were ordered to close, 12 were fined and warnings were issued to 28 for not complying with precautionary measures.
Elsewhere, Kuwait reported 492 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total in the country to 161,777. The death toll rose to 954 after two additional deaths were reported in the previous 24 hours.

Oman’s health ministry confirmed 209 new cases and one death, bringing the national totals to 133,253 and 1,522, respectively.

In Bahrain the death toll stands at 369 after two new deaths were reported. The number of confirmed cases in the country increased by 413.