DUBAI: Health authorities in the UAE announced on Wednesday that 12 patients died from conditions related to COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, and 3,977 new cases of the disease were confirmed.
The number of infections once again neared the 4,000-a-day mark after a short period during which it had been falling.
The total number of cases in the country since the pandemic began has reached 313,626 and the death toll stands at 878. A total of 289,276 people have recovered from the virus, including 4,075 in the past 24 hours.
The health ministry said 127,074 people were vaccinated in the preceding 24 hours and that the total number of vaccine doses administered is almost 3.7 million, a rate of 37.32 doses per 100 people. The ministry also highlighted the fact that it is important for people to keep their appointments to receive the second dose of the vaccine, to guarantee its effectiveness.
— وزارة الصحة ووقاية المجتمع الإماراتية - MOHAP UAE (@mohapuae) February 3, 2021
The Ministry of Education, in coordination with the Emirates Foundation for School Education, announced that it will allow a gradual and phased return of in-person learning for all academic levels in public schools across the country, beginning from Feb. 14 and continuing until the end of the school year. However, the ministry said the option of distance learning will remain available for the rest of the academic year. The plans were developed after studying the health situation, and in accordance with recommendations from the health authorities.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the preventive measures that will apply to academic and administrative staff and students in all of the emirate’s schools until the end of the academic year.
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee approves a preventive protocol specific to the schooling community, including academic and administrative staff and students, to be implemented until the end of the school year. pic.twitter.com/WPAOTZZ0xv
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About 60 percent of academic and administrative staff in the emirate received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a 10-day campaign in January. Vaccinations for all eligible groups will continue in the coming weeks.
The committee also held workshops for headmasters to raise awareness of new precautionary measures and ensure that they are properly implemented.
Elsewhere in the Gulf, Kuwait reported 756 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total in the country to 167,410. The death toll rose to 961 after one more patient died from the disease.
— وزارة الصحة - الكويت (@KUWAIT_MOH) February 3, 2021
Oman’s health ministry confirmed 171 new cases and no additional deaths related to the disease, bringing the national totals to 134,856 and 1,532, respectively.
— وزارة الصحة - عُمان (@OmaniMOH) February 3, 2021
In Bahrain, the death toll stands at 376, with no deaths reported in the previous 24 hours. An additional 553 cases were confirmed.
Out of 12644 COVID-19 tests carried out on 3 February 2021, 553 new cases have been detected among 255 expatriate workers, 291 new cases are contacts of active cases, and 7 are travel related. There 242 recoveries from #COVID19, increasing total recoveries to 99527 pic.twitter.com/yfD83T8Ely
— وزارة الصحة | مملكة البحرين (@MOH_Bahrain) February 3, 2021