▶ Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi says people so­cial­is­ing in Ra­madan has in­creased Covid-19 cases

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed re­in­forced the UAE’s stay-ath­ome mes­sage on Thurs­day, telling res­i­dents he feared a surge in coronaviru­s cases over Eid.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces urged mem­bers of the public to be­have re­spon­si­bly and help the coun­try to beat the threat.

Sheikh Mohamed stressed the need to con­tinue the good work of health of­fi­cials, ask­ing res­i­dents to re­main at home over Eid. “We want to keep our num­bers low and they are start­ing to be some­what promis­ing,” he said.

“How­ever, this changed in Ra­madan. So what I ask of our res­i­dents and cit­i­zens is to stay home dur­ing the last week of Ra­madan and dur­ing Eid, es­pe­cially for older people, chil­dren and people with spe­cial needs.

“I know it is hard but for us it means sav­ing lives. For us, it means keep­ing our loved ones safe.”

On Thurs­day, the UAE recorded a fur­ther 894 new cases after con­duct­ing 43,000 more tests. The rate of pa­tients re­cov­er­ing out­weighed new cases for a fourth day with 946 res­i­dents mak­ing a full re­cov­ery.

The min­istry re­ported four more deaths, bring­ing the

UAE’s death toll to 237. Abu Dhabi Health­care Ser­vices Com­pany (Seha) will in­crease its weekly Covid-19 test­ing ca­pa­bil­ity by more than two thirds in the com­ing days. The hos­pi­tal group is open­ing nine sites across the coun­try and increasing the op­er­at­ing hours of some of its cen­tres.

It will help Seha process 7,000 more tests a week.

About 10,000 medics have con­tracted Covid-19 in Iran, the semi-of­fi­cial Ilna news agency re­ported on Thurs­day.

Qassem Jan­babai said sev­eral health work­ers had died.

The num­ber of coronaviru­s cases in the world passed five mil­lion on Thurs­day.

The lat­est tally re­veals a rise of more than a mil­lion in less than 20 days. Many countries con­tinue to report ris­ing daily tolls, with Brazil and Rus­sia in re­cent weeks record­ing rapidly increasing caseloads.

Min­istry of Pres­i­den­tial Af­fairs

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces, with, from left, Sheikha Fa­tima bint Mohamed bin Ha­mad bin Tah­noon, Sheikh Mohamed bin Nahyan bin Saif, and Sheikha Shamma bint Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed dur­ing a Ra­madan ma­jlis

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