Live entertainment in hotels and restaurants has also been halted until further notice due to the rise in infections.
The emirate of Dubai has suspended non-essential operations for a month as well as live entertainment in hotels and restaurants until further notice as coronavirus infections increase in the Middle East mall.
The decision to postpone some surgeries, which takes effect at midnight Thursday and could be extended, was aimed at ensuring the readiness of health facilities to handle cases of COVID-19, the Dubai health regulator said in a circular issued Wednesday. .
Dubai’s tourism department issued a circular, seen by Reuters, suspending entertainment at hotels and restaurants after recording an increase in violations of coronavirus precautions.
Daily cases in the United Arab Emirates hit a record 3,506 on Wednesday, the highest in the Arabian Gulf region, where the daily number in each of the other five states fell below 500.
The UAE does not provide a breakdown of infections in every emirate.
Visitors have flocked to Dubai, an international travel hub that is preparing to welcome 25 million visitors expected for an Expo 2020 World’s Fair from October, even as other countries impose new lockdowns.
The UAE has lifted most coronavirus restrictions, but wearing a mask in public and physical distancing is still required. Britain this month removed the United Arab Emirates from its list of travel corridors due to the rise in infections.
Declan O’Sullivan, an Irish musician living in Dubai, resumed concerts in August. He says events and income are 30 to 40 percent of what they were before the pandemic, but he is grateful for the opportunity to work.
“This is my take on this closure again. As long as the bars can stay open and people can go out – if the performers have to put up with a little pain for a while and not be able to play – better than extend it longer … I still count myself very, very lucky. “
Intensify a vaccination campaign
The Gulf state has stepped up its vaccination campaign with the aim of vaccinating more than 50 percent of its roughly 9 million people, the majority of whom are expatriates, by the end of March.
The UAE on Thursday said it approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID vaccine, state media reported citing the Ministry of Health, marking the third vaccine to be approved by the UAE.
“The results of the study demonstrated the effectiveness of the vaccine in eliciting a strong antibody response against the virus, its safety in use and its compliance with international standards for safety and efficacy,” the statement said.
The UAE has hosted Phase III clinical trials for the vaccine.
The country has already approved the shot developed by China’s national pharmaceutical group Sinopharm and made it available to the general public. Dubai is also inoculating people with the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTec.