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12 Sep 2020 | 12:12 PM UTC

UAE: Authorities report record single-day increase of COVID-19 cases on September 12 /update 53

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Authorities report record single-day increase of COVID-19 cases on September 12; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dubai). COUNTRY/REGION United Arab Emirates

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Event

UAE health authorities on Saturday, September 12, announced the largest single-day increase of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) since the beginning of the pandemic. The 1007 cases recorded over the previous 24-hours brings the total number of cases to date in the country to 78,849, with 399 associated fatalities. A spokesperson for the UAE health sector reported that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases since August 10.

Government officials have warned that a renewed lockdown could be implemented in certain areas if infection rates remain high, though no such action has yet been taken.

Authorities previously implemented a requirement on August 1 to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for all arriving and transiting flight passengers in the UAE. Authorities also require negative tests to be dated within the prior 96 hours of arrival in the country and to be carried out by a recognized laboratory. The measure applies to Emirati citizens, tourists, and residents, regardless of which country they depart from; however, children with moderate or severe disabilities and those aged 11 or under are exempt from this requirement.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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