Dubai cancels non-essential surgery, live entertainment as COVID-19 cases surge

Dubai has suspended non-essential surgery for a month and live entertainment in restaurants,  DJs, dancers and live entertainers performing in hotels and restaurants. until further notice as coronavirus infections spurt in the Middle East trade hub. The decision to defer certain surgeries, which takes effect midnight on Thursday and could be extended, was aimed at ensuring the preparedness of health facilities to manage COVID-19 cases, Dubai's health regulator said in a circular published on Wednesday.

It comes after coronavirus cases mounted to a record high with 3,506 new cases of Covid-19, from 162,945 tests. It also followed a rare move by the government of Dubai issued a statement to rebut a media reports portraying the city as a party destination despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Dubai’s media office tweeted: “During the last three weeks, Dubai Tourism have issued over 200 violations of non-compliance with guidelines and shut down around 20 establishments. “To ensure public health and safety, all entertainment permits issued will be on hold effective immediately. Dubai Tourism will continue to evaluate the progress with the health authorities.”

While recognizing that the suspension would hit some venues harder than others, hospitality industry operators said the new ruling would be supported. Dubai has started a massive free vaccination campaign, with the UAE so far administering over 2 million vaccine doses, covering a fifth of its population.

In its statement, the government of Dubai Media Office reiterated the emirate continues to maintain the highest levels of protection against the pandemic and compliance with preventive measures.

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