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8 in 10 COVID-19 patients in UAE are rule-breakers

The UAE attributed the steepest spike in COVID-19 cases to the rise of COVID-19 rule-breakers in the country.

In a special press briefing on Sept. 10, the government revealed that the largest percentage of COVID-19 infections—88 percent or more than 8 in 10 cases—was a direct result of social gatherings, people who fail to comply with quarantine protocols, and those who still ditch face masks and personal distancing. In effect, the country is seeing a series of rise in the number of infections.

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE Health Sector, revealed that carelessness in people led to a five-fold increase in coronavirus infection in just a month.

Most of these infections constitute male patients, 62 percent, compared to female patients who registered 38 percent of the total tally.

According to Dr. Al Hosani, disregard to social distancing at workplaces are also common in many of the cases recorded in the past 30 days. Additionally, non-compliance of some malls, shops, and public facilities with the precautionary measures played another major factor.

The spokesperson however explained that the five-fold increase can also be deduced from the stellar performance of the UAE in terms of COVID-19 testing that has recently breached the 8 million-mark.

The spokesperson urges all citizens, residents, and visitors alike to play their role to put a halt on the spread of COVID-19, by exercising due diligence in following health safety measures at all times.

Repeat offenders will be referred to public prosecution for legal action.

Mark Nituma

Mark is the editorial director of TFT and is currently based in its Manila headquarters. Upon graduating from UP Diliman in 2010, he joined the internationally-awarded TV magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho as a researcher. Nearly a year later, he became one of its segment producers. In a span of five years with GMA7, he was able to travel not only the Philippines’ most beautiful spots but also the country’s least visited places—from some of the war-torn areas of Mindanao to impoverished parts of Luzon and Visayas—capturing a closer look at life in these communities. Mark also worked with various TV programs and specials such as Philippine Treasure and Reel Time. After his five-year stint in the media network, he flew to Dubai in 2016 to start his career as a journalist/reporter for The Filipino Times. Got story pitches? Send Mark an email at [email protected] or drop him a line on facebook.com/mark.nituma.

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