By Gavin Gibbon
Health spokesperson warns relaxed restrictions does not mean situation is back to normal
The UAE reported 532 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, taking the total number of confirmed Covid-19 infections up to 9,813.
The death toll as a result of coronavirus is up to 71.
The increase in cases has been attributed to accelerated screening across the country.
Dr. Amna Al Shamsi, spokesperson for the UAE Government, revealed that the number of recoveries has increased to 1,887 after another 127 cases were fully cured.
"Past weeks saw the recovery of an average of 100 cases daily," she said, adding that 20 percent of the total infections have recovered.
Al Shamsi stressed that the decision to partially relax restrictions does not mean that the situation is back to normal. Precautionary and preventative measures are still in place, and the public must comply with all measures, including social distancing and the wearing of masks.
"On the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, the UAE has been keen to partially relax restrictions on movement while ensuring that all people continue to abide by the relevant prevention guidelines and instructions.
“These new measures include allowing first and second degree relatives to visit while avoiding inviting those susceptible to infection, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases. The number of people present in a place at any one time may not exceed five individuals," Al Shamsi said.
"Exercise should take place near one’s home for up to two hours, with a maximum of three people at any one time. Food should not be exchanged between residents of different homes.
“In the event that food is received from relatives or friends in the vicinity of one’s home, the appropriate handling of food in disposable sealed bowls must be ensured," she added.
Domestic helpers are prohibited from meeting anyone outside the home. They also cannot receive food from an unknown source. They should be provided with the necessary protective equipment should they need to interact with people from outside.
They must also be advised on the necessary precautions to follow in the event of receiving any parcels or goods from delivery services.