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Astana, Kazakhstan • 09 November 2022

UAE Lifts Almost All Covid-19 Restrictions

Mask wearing no longer mandatory in most public places, including places of worship

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Pawan Singh / The National
Pawan Singh / The National

The United Arab Emirates is lifting most of the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19 as of Monday, QazMonitor reports citing Khaleej Times.

The UAE government announced that it has studied the epidemiological situation in the country and has deemed it safe to ease restrictions.

From Monday, wearing masks will become optional in most public places, including places of worship. The exceptions will be medical facilities and centers for immunocompromised patients.

UAE residents will no longer need to show a "green pass" on the government's health app to visit public places. Previously, the app used a color-coded system to identify vaccination status and test for the virus.

Now, the green pass will only be needed to confirm vaccinations and coronavirus test results when needed.

In the past few months, the UAE has detected an average of about 300 COVID-19 infections per day. During the entire period of the pandemic, about 1 million cases of coronavirus infection and about 2,300 deaths from the effects of the disease have been reported in the Emirates.

In the latest report, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention registered 263 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 290 recoveries and no deaths.

Currently, Kazakhstan and UAE enjoy a mutual visa-free regime for up to 30 days.

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