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Hesham Madkhana, Staff Reporter
The UAE has been ranked the safest Arab country and the 11th globally for safety, security, and health, economic and social stability, according to a study conducted by the Deep Knowledge Group, a consortium of companies and nonprofits owned by Deep Knowledge Ventures, an investment firm founded in 2014 in Hong Kong.
The report is based on 130 quantitative and qualitative parameters and over 11,400 data points in categories like quarantine efficiency, monitoring and detection, health readiness, and government efficiency.
The UAE ranked ahead of world-class countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, Denmark, Taiwan and the Netherlands. While Germany and Switzerland ranked first in the lead, according to the report.
The UAE Health Ministry conducted 52,000 new COVID-19 tests and revealed 626 coronavirus cases on Saturday. The ministry also reported the death of a person.
The total number of infected cases recorded in the country rose to 38,268. The number of cured cases increased in the country to 21,061, after the recovery of 724 new cases.
The total number of deaths in the country jumped to 275 people. The ministry said 16,932 are still receiving treatment in the country.
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson of Emergency and Crisis Prosecution has announced that as part of the country's efforts to combat COVID-19, contain its spread, and ensure the adherence of UAE citizens and residents to instructions issued by the competent authorities, a number of people from different nationalities have been caught in violation of official guidelines.
He indicated that the violations committed included failure to comply with quarantine facilities' measures, leaving home during curfew, not adhering to quarantine instructions and violating compulsory hospitalisation, violating prohibitions and restrictions on assemblies and gatherings in public places, farms and estates, and non-compliance with quarantine instructions in private establishments.
He added that legal action has been taken and charges filed against them, adding that fines for these violations range from Dhs3,000 to 50,000, depending on the nature of the violation.
DoH urged the public to rely only on official sources when dealing with all news related to the novel virus.
The laboratory diagnostic kits in the cargo will help screen thousands of people, further supporting the efforts to control the pandemic.
This step is part of the country's efforts to counter the spread of the COVID19 in a number of countries. All quarantine procedures were applied to those repatriated and continuous checks are conducted for their health and safety.
At a closed council meeting Tuesday on the mission known as UNIFIL, whose mandate is up for renewal at the end of the month, US Ambassador Kelly Craft stressed the need for a new mandate.
At least 60 officers were injured the previous evening as a furious crowd attacked a police station, set vehicles on fire and burnt down the house of a local lawmaker whose nephew was allegedly responsible for the social media post.
Explosives tied to balloons and kites first emerged as a weapon in Gaza during intense protests in 2018, when the makeshift devices drifted across the border daily, causing thousands of fires in Israeli farms and communities.