In order to curb the spread of coronavirus and prevent a second wave of the infection, Abu Dhabi has once again changed the rules for UAE residents and visitors entering the emirate. Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has said that people entering the UAE capital will need to show a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) or DPI (Diffractive Phase Interferometry) test result, which will be valid for 48 hours. Those who enter and stay in the emirate for six days will need to take a PCR test on the sixth day of their visit.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had gone down to less than 200 per day in the UAE but has again increased over the last couple of weeks. On Saturday, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) reported that more than 700 new cases had been confirmed while on Sunday, more than 500 new cases were recorded.
Following this increase in cases, the authorities have warned the public against holding large family gatherings and have emphasised the importance of social distancing and adhering to strict health and safety protocols.
Over 73,000 people have been infected in the UAE so far while more than 66,000 have recovered with the death toll at 388. On Sunday, 6th September, the country recorded the complete recovery of 2,443 patients, which is the highest number of recoveries recorded in a single day.
There have also been more developments on the research front. The research team at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences has revealed that a person’s saliva can also be used as an alternative to nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 screening. This is expected to simplify community testing and reduce risks for frontline healthcare workers as the saliva specimen can be self-collected by patients.