Coronavirus: UAE to hold media briefing on COVID-19

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The United Arab Emirates will host a media briefing on the latest coronavirus updates at 7 p.m. local time (3 p.m. GMT) on Monday, announced the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Twitter.

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UAE authorities hold media briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic several times a week, but the last time they announced a briefing in advance was September 1.

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The country is currently experiencing a second spike in coronavirus cases, with 1,007 new cases on Saturday marking the single highest daily increase since the onset of the pandemic.

On Thursday, a government spokesperson urged citizens and residents to take coronavirus countermeasures seriously as the country reported 930 new cases of the virus. However, the announcement did not reimpose a curfew or restrictions on movement that were lifted at the end of the “national sterilization program” on June 25.

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 spokesperson explained.

In Dubai, authorities have clamped down on individuals and businesses for violating social distancing measures.

The number of new cases dropped to 640 on Sunday – higher than much of the summer but significantly lower than the rise in cases over the previous three days.

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