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Coronavirus news bulletin from UAE: 1,231 new cases reported; docs warn against pandemic fatigue

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Here’s a round-up of all the latest Covid-19 developments you need to know:

UAE reports 1,231 Covid-19 cases, 1,051 recoveries, 2 deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday reported 1,231 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,051recoveries. Two deaths were also reported. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 97,760 and recoveries to 87,122. Nearly 117,800 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, the ministry added. In a statement, the ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. Leading the way for global testing rates, the UAE has conducted over 9.9 million tests till date as part of the country’s massive screening programmes to combat the spread of Covid-19. However, with a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent days, the ministry has urged the public to follow all preventive guidelines.

Pandemic fatigue setting in as UAE records highest tally

UAE varsities a safer option amid Covid pandemic’ 

More students are looking at university campuses in the UAE for higher education options as Covid-19 cases surge across the globe. Several parents and students who attended day 2 of the second edition of Khaleej Times UniExpo said they have adopted a “wait and watch” approach before making a final decision. Students met with faculties of over 40 accredited universities and colleges from across UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East, interacting physically or virtually. Some of the participating universities and boards include Heriot-Watt, SP Jain, Education in Ireland and Education Malaysia. They also took part in KT EduTalks, the interactive webinars serving admission and academic information. The three-day 2020 ‘hybrid’ edition of KT UniExpo began on Thursday and will end today.

Dubai pilot fined Dh10,000 over crowded yacht party 

The Dubai Police have fined a pilot Dh10,000 for organising a yacht party that violated Covid-19 safety rules. The police took to Twitter to announce that the party hosted 25 guests who did not wear face masks and failed to maintain a safe social distance. According to the prevailing laws, his guests also face a fine of Dh5,000 each for attending the gathering. The police have reminded residents that the safety measures have been rolled out to keep them safe from Covid-19. The action came as the country reported the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases on Saturday – 1,231. This is the fourth day straight that the UAE has recorded its highest tally of cases.

New portable Covid-19 testing kit developed in UAE, results in 45 minutes

As the number of coronavirus cases is increasing in the UAE amid the threat of a second wave, a team of researchers from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi has developed a portable Covid-19 testing kit, which offers rapid and accurate results. The testing kit is the size of a smartphone and can deliver accurate results in less than 45 minutes. The kit uses a PCR-based technique that provides rapid, sensitive, and specific ?detection of the Covid-19 virus in a cost-effective manner. Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, executive vice-president of Khalifa University, said the preliminary results are promising. “Due to the spread of Covid-19, Khalifa University has established a strategic scientific research initiative to help tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic. It has funded a total of 14 research projects, including this one.