UAE urges public to follow coronavirus countermeasures as COVID-19 cases rapidly rise

A medical staffer gives a thumbs-up gesture after obtaining a swab sample from a man inside a vehicle. (File photo: AFP)

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.

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.

The government urged everyone to abide by the rules, warning that restrictions and rules may be tightened if people continue to ignore them.

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Last Update: Friday, 11 September 2020 KSA 07:43 - GMT 04:43
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