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.