Dubai: The authorities in the Emirate of Dubai have ordered the suspension of unnecessary surgeries for a month and the suspension of live entertainment shows in hotels and restaurants until further notice with an increase in cases Coronavirus infection.
The Dubai Health Authority said in a circular published on Wednesday that the decision to postpone some surgeries, which will take effect from midnight on Thursday and can be extended, aims to ensure that health facilities are prepared to deal with Covid-19 cases.
On the other hand, the Dubai Tourism Department issued a circular seen by Reuters suspending leisure activities in hotels and restaurants after recording an increase in violations of preventive measures from the Corona virus.
The daily incidence of the disease in the Emirates increased to more than three thousand cases since January 12 and continued to rise, reaching 3,506 cases, on Wednesday. This rate is the highest among the Arab Gulf states, where the daily rate is less than 500 cases per day.
The UAE does not provide a breakdown of the number of cases in each emirate.
Visitors flock to Dubai, which is preparing to host the World Expo 2020 in October, as other countries imposed new lockdowns.
The UAE has lifted most of the restrictions imposed due to the Corona virus, but putting masks in public places and social distancing measures are still required. Britain has raised the UAE from the list of countries that are permitted to travel to and from it without some restrictions and rules applicable to travelers from other countries, with the increase in cases of the epidemic.
Declan O’Sullivan, an Irish musician who lives in Dubai, resumed live entertainment in August. He says offers and revenues are between 30 and 40 percent of what they were before the pandemic, but he is grateful that there is a job opportunity.
“As long as the bars can remain open and people can go out, if the artists have to endure some suffering for a while … that is better than prolonging them for a longer period … I still consider myself very, very lucky.”
The UAE has intensified its vaccination campaign to prevent the disease and aims to give the vaccine to more than half of its population of about nine million people, most of whom are expatriates, before the end of March.
The UAE agreed to use Chinese company Sinopharm vaccine And made it available to citizens. Dubai is also feeding residents the Pfizer-Bionic vaccine.
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