Over 195.7 million PCR tests have been carried out in the country so far
On Friday, the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Health and Prevention reported 278 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 307 recoveries and no deaths.
Chinese authorities imposed lockdowns on 600,000 people in the area surrounding the world’s largest iPhone factory on Wednesdayas workers complained about messy Covid checks at the facility.
All persons except Covid prevention volunteers and essential workers “must not leave their residences except to receive Covid tests and emergency medical care”, officials from Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone in central China said.
The move comes after footage emerged on Chinese social media last week showing people exiting the facility, which is run by Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn and manufactures products for Apple.
Employees complained online about poor conditions, a lack of supplies and having to flee the factory on foot to avoid Covid transport restrictions. Foxconn says there are currently more than 200,000 workers at its Zhengzhou plant.
Meanwhile, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to start on November 20 and host country Qatar recently announced a major travel relief for visitors and fans. The Gulf Nation announced that no pre-arrival Covid-19 testing would be required foreign visitors to enter the country.
Mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving from abroad has been lifted. However, travelers tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Qatar must undergo self-isolation measures in accordance with the procedures followed in the country.
Changes to the Covid-19 travel and return policy came into effect on Tuesday, November 1. The host nation has urged fans attending this year’s tournament to familiarize themselves with the updated Covid protocol from the Ministry of Public Health.
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