The United Arab Emirates urged citizens and residents on Thursday to take coronavirus countermeasures seriously as the country reported 930 new cases of the virus – the highest in four months.
This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 76,911.
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Five people died due to complications caused by COVID-19, raising the virus-related death toll to 398.
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Twelve percent of the new infections recorded in the past two weeks were of citizens and residents who had arrived in the country from abroad despite carrying proof of a negative PCR test result, the government spokesperson said. Those arriving in the UAE had failed to follow instructions to quarantine at home for a period of 14 days upon their arrival.
The UAE had in the past two weeks been detecting a rapid increase in the number of daily reported COVID-19 infections.
Eighty-eight percent of the coronavirus cases reported in the country in the past two weeks resulted from individuals failing to adhere to social distancing protocols and preventative measures, the UAE Government spokesperson said.
Among the factors associated with the causes of the increase is leniency in abiding by preventive measures such as physical distancing and wearing masks.#CommitToWin— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) September 10, 2020
This includes individuals who attended wedding parties, celebrations, large gatherings, and funerals, the spokesperson added.
Another factor was that some malls and shops have not been enforcing the government’s protocols, the spokesperson added.
Supervision, inspection and accountability for those violating preventive measures will be tightened and fines will be applied based on the decision of the Attorney General. #CommitToWin— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) September 10, 2020
The government urged everyone to abide by the rules, warning that restrictions and rules may be tightened if people continue to ignore them.