Coronavirus: UAE records 1,766 new cases as numbers continue to fall

The Emirates’ vaccination campaign continues apace, with about 11 million doses administered

The UAE recorded 1,766 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, taking the country’s overall tally to 532,710.

Daily case numbers have remained under 2,000 for 10 days in a row.

Another 1,728 people beat the virus, taking the total number of recoveries to 513,068.

Three more people died of Covid-19, taking the death toll to 1,607. The number of active cases is 18,035.

The Emirates’ vaccination campaign continues apace, with about 11 million doses administered.

Exactly 10,907,264 shots were given to members of the public, according to the most recent count.

Authorities urge everyone to continue to observe safety measures, including mask-wearing and social distancing, during Eid Al Fitr next week.

The religious holiday for public and private-sector workers will start on Ramadan 29, Tuesday, May 11.

It will last until Shawwal 3, which is expected to fall on Saturday, May 15, but has yet to be confirmed by the UAE’s Moon-sighting committee.

In Saudi Arabia, the human resources ministry announced that all public and private sector workers wishing to continue attending their workplaces in the kingdom would be required to be immunised against Covid-19.

The ministry did not specify when this would come into effect.

“Receiving a coronavirus vaccine will be a mandatory condition for male and female workers to attend workplaces in all sectors (public, private, non-profit),” the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said on Twitter.

It urged workplaces to start preparations to ensure all employees are inoculated.

“The ministry will soon clarify the mechanisms of the decision and its implementation date,” it said.

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Updated: May 7, 2021 04:36 PM

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