Abu Dhabi places new restrictions to reduce covid19 cases

Covid 19

The UAE has recorded more than 589,000 cases of Covid-19, 1,710 of them were fatal. The UAE announced last month that from June 6 attendance to live events and social activities, including weddings and bars, would be limited to those who could prove that they were vaccinated.

The new rules were announced late on Wednesday(09thJune 2021) as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a federation of seven emirates, has seen daily cases rise over the past three weeks. The UAE, which does not give a breakdown for each emirate, recorded 2,179 new infections on Wednesday, up from 1,229 on May 17.

The United Arab Emirates’ second-most populous emirate Abu Dhabi will limit entry to shopping centres, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15 to those who have been vaccinated or recently tested negative for the novel corona virus.

The restrictions will also apply to gyms, hotels and their facilities, public parks, beaches, swimming pools, entertainment centers’, cinemas, and museums, Abu Dhabi’s media office said.
All residents of the largest of the seven emirates that make up the UAE have been provided with a colour-coded app detailing their testing and vaccination history. Visitors will have to prove that they are vaccinated or have recently tested negative through the country’s Covid-19 app. The mobile app will show green if the person has been vaccinated or has tested negative. From next week, only those with “green” status will be allowed entry to shopping mall.

Unvaccinated individuals will need to be tested every three days to maintain their green status. A fully vaccinated person would do so every 30 days.

The UAE has one of world’s highest inoculation rates with the AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sputnik V vaccines available to residents. In Abu Dhabi, those immunised with the Chinese-made Sinopharm shot are also able to take a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech as a booster.