Daily Covid cases in Saudi Arabia above 1,000, continue to climb in UAE

Daily Covid cases in Saudi Arabia above 1,000, continue to climb in UAE
Covid-19 infections continue to rise in Saudi Arabia, with the Gulf country recording over 1,000 in a single day, and the UAE also experiencing a rise in positive results.
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Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have recorded positive Omicron variant test results [Getty]

Daily coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia have climbed above 1,000 for the first time since August, while daily infections in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) haven crossed the 2,500-level.

Authorities in the two Gulf Arab states did not break down the cases by Covid-19 variant. Both countries confirmed their first known case of the Omicron variant in early December.

Saudi Arabia, the largest Gulf state with a population of around 30 million, on Sunday registered 1,024 new coronavirus infections and one death. Daily cases had fallen below 100 in September.

Neighbouring UAE, a tourism and commercial hub now marking its peak tourism season and hosting a world fair, announced 2,600 new coronavirus cases and three deaths.

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Daily infections in the UAE rose above 2,000 on 29 December, after having fallen below 100 in October.

The UAE said on Saturday it would ban non-vaccinated citizens from traveling abroad from 10 January and that fully vaccinated citizens would also require a booster shot to be eligible to travel.

The latest daily Covid figures are still below a peak of nearly 4,000 hit in the UAE last January when visitors flocked to the country, and a record of over 4,700 in Saudi Arabia in June 2020, according to Reuters data.