COVID-19: Updates from UAE government media briefing

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As many as 24,894 violations of COVID-19 safety protocols have been detected in the UAE from September 1-15.

Not wearing a mask was the most common offence reported during the period, followed by non-compliance with the rule on the number of persons allowed per vehicle.

Most of the offences were committed by Asian nationalities (81 per cent), followed by Arabs (19 per cent).

The details were revealed during the UAE government's media briefing on Tuesday.

During the briefing, officials advised close contacts of COVID-19 patients to isolate for two weeks even if they have no symptoms or their PCR test turns negative.

A close contact is someone who has been in contact with a positive case for a minimum of 15 minutes within a two-metre proximity.

Officials also revealed that since September 23, as many as 6,643 cases have been detected in the country out of nearly half a million tests.

Around 62 per cent of them are men, while more than half of the total cases were identified in those aged between 25 and 44.

Authorities added that the UAE has developed protocols and guidelines to ensure the safe return of sporting activities, based on studies and best global practices, all under the supervision of medical teams.

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