Covid-19: UAE Warns Of Second Wave If Rules Are Not Followed

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Covid-19: UAE Warns Of Second Wave If Rules Are Not Followed

The UAE could go into a second Covid-19 wave, if rules and regulations are not followed. Obaid Al Hussan Al Shamsi, director-general of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, said: “If UAE residents do not adhere to preventive measures, we will be on the verge of a second outbreak”.

UAE Witnesses An Alarming Rise In Covid Cases

On 18 August, the UAE witnessed an alarming increase in Covid-19 cases. Until recently, the UAE did not witness more than 300 cases. However, the country has reported 365 new cases between 18-19 August. Here are the other stats as of 19 August:

New Recoveries: 115 new recoveries
Total deaths: 366
Active cases: 6631
Total recovers: 57,909
Total confirmed cases: 64, 906

The UAE Ministry of Health on 23 August reported 390 new cases from a further 71,216 tests. It also confirmed 80 more recoveries and three deaths. The totals in the Emirates now stand at:

Cases: 67,007
Recoveries: 58,488
Deaths: 375

Well, considering the scenario, are parents in the UAE keen in sending kids back to school? Read CT Dubai’s survey here. 

Keeping the current scenario in mind, officials plan to reintroduce the national sterilisation programme in areas where an outbreak is detected. Further, officials also called on the public advising them to wear masks, follow social distancing and avoid family gatherings. The return of UAE residents from different parts of the world is cited as one of the reasons behind the recent spike in cases.

Earlier in March, Dubai’s Al Ras area was sealed off for two weeks because of concerns over a potential rise in infection rates.

Dubai Officials Warn Beach Goers

Recently UAE officials warned beach goers, heading out to enjoy the sun and the sand. Officials warned residents to wear facemask at all times and follow strict social distancing rules. Besides, not more than five people should gather at one place, except members of the same family. Failure to follow social distance or not wearing masks are punishable by a fine of up to AED 3,000. On that note, here’s a list of All The Covid fines in the UAE.