Abu Dhabi boosts coronavirus restrictions as Gulf Covid case rates soar
From Thursday, visitors to the emirate of Abu Dhabi from elsewhere in the UAE will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test with results no older than 96 hours.
The UAE said Monday that it had greenlit a new coronavirus jab produced by Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm as a booster vaccine, according to The National.
It will be given to people already double vaccinated with a Sinopharm jab with the new vaccine using different technology.
On Sunday Abu Dhabi had brought in new rules for social gatherings.
Gatherings occurring indoors are capped at 50 attendees, while 150 is the limit for outdoor occasions. Home meetups must be kept to 30 or less.
Previous rules such as social distancing and mask use will remain in place.
Gulf state Qatar reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections since 25 May on Monday, at 343.
This figure increased to 367 on Tuesday, the same rate as seen on 21 May, with 18 people in intensive care with Covid-19.
Authorities have laid out tougher measures in the sultanate for the unvaccinated, as the Omicron variant continues to spread around the worldhttps://t.co/TCTooz6E2B— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) December 28, 2021
There was no data available on how many of the new cases in Qatar on Monday and Tuesday were of the Omicron variant.
The country recorded its first four Omicron infections on 17 December.
Qatar's daily Covid death toll has remained consistently low, with just one person succumbing to the illness on Monday and none on Tuesday.
Both Qatar and the UAE have high double vaccination rates.