UAE recorded its largest daily viral caseload in months on Tuesday


Posted on 21 December 2021


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The UAE recorded its largest daily viral caseload in months on Tuesday, a jump that comes as the Omicron type spreads around the world and the Mideast tourist powerhouse prepares to welcome throngs of visitors for the holidays. In the past 24 hours, the UAE reported 452 cases, including two deaths, a surge not seen since mid-September in the highly vaccinated Gulf Arab state. Just over a week ago, infection rates had dropped to near-record lows, approximately 50 per day, leading to a perception in Dubai's freewheeling hub that the worst of the pandemic had passed and life might return to normal. Outside, a national mask ban remains in effect, but Dubai's pubs and restaurants have been packed with mask-free revellers. The majority of luxury hotels indicate that they are fully booked through the holidays in December. Thousands of visitors and social media influencers flock to the city each year to escape the cold weather in Europe for massive New Year's Eve parties. For millions of visitors, the world's fair in the desert outside of Dubai has featured enormous concerts, parades, and other events. Expo 2020 announced this week that it will halt its daily parade and other festivities in order to combat the virus's spread. The UAE has one of the highest immunisation rates in the world, with almost 99 percent of eligible residents receiving at least one dose, according to authorities. All adults are also eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots, which are provided by the government. The first Omicron case in the UAE was discovered earlier this month, according to Emirati health officials. They haven't stated anything more about the highly contagious variant's cases in the seven emirates. A couple travelling from the United Arab Emirates tested positive for the Omicron form upon arrival in the Indian state of Kerala, according to local Indian media. After returning from an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, Rafael Nadal of Spain stated on Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus in Spain.


Key Points


  • The UAE recorded its largest daily viral caseload in months on Tuesday, a jump that comes as the Omicron type spreads around the world and the Mideast tourist powerhouse prepares to welcome throngs of visitors for the holidays.

  • In the past 24 hours, the UAE reported 452 cases, including two deaths, a surge not seen since mid-September in the highly vaccinated Gulf Arab state.