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Asian expats top the list of COVID-19 rule-breakers in UAE

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Majority of the COVID-19 rule-breakers in the UAE are Asians, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority revealed at a weekly briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, official spokesman of the Authority, said 81 percent of the offenses related to COVID-19 preventive measures were committed by Asians, followed by Arabs at 19 percent.

The most common offenses, he said, were failing to wear a face masks and exceeding number of people in a vehicle.

In just two weeks—from September 1-15, law enforcement in the country has reported as many as 24,894 coronavirus offenses.

This, despite consistent reminders of the UAE authorities that adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures must be observed at all times.

Dubai recorded the greatest number of offenses, followed by Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.

The authorities warned that they will leave no stone unturned for offenders, as obeying the health safety standards can make the difference between life and death during this global pandemic.

“The UAE government is keen to safely normalize activities in various sectors by involving all members of the community in this responsibility,” said Dr Al Dhaheri.

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