UAE eases COVID-19 restrictions in mosques, places of worship, funerals

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The UAE’s National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has eased some COVID-19 precautionary measures that were enforced in places of worship, the Emirates News Agency WAM reported on Tuesday, citing a statement.

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The social distancing requirement between worshipers has been reduced from two meters to one and a half meters, according to the statement.

Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, the official spokesman for the NECMA, said: “As part of efforts to achieve sustainable recovery in all sectors, we also announce the update of the protocol for reopening mosques and places of worship in the country.”

The statement added that a maximum of 50 people will be allowed to participate in funerals under the condition that the death is a non-COVID-19 related.

COVID-19 in the UAE

The UAE has recorded a total of 725,192 COVID-19 cases as of September 7. The country’s death toll reached 2,050 while the total recoveries are now 715,104.

The UAE currently has 8,038 active COVID-19 cases.

Over 18.5 million vaccine doses have already been administered, with most of the country already vaccinated with at least two shots. This number is expected to rise soon as the country’s booster shots rollout begins to gain ground.

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