DUBAI — Qatar introduced new restrictions on residents, together with the obligatory obtain of a monitoring app and the closure of all nonessential shops for the subsequent 10 days, as new infections soar throughout the area throughout Ramadan.
A number of different Persian Gulf states, together with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, have imposed new restrictions just lately as instances have elevated dramatically following the easing of constraints in the course of the holy month.
Qatar’s announcement adopted a cupboard assembly Monday. Beginning Might 22, all residents and residents leaving their houses should obtain the Ehteraz monitoring app on their telephones in order that these coming into contact with somebody who exams constructive might be tracked. Face masks are additionally obligatory in Qatar, and violators face jail time and fines of as much as $53,000.
Qatar has reported 34,000 instances of the virus (greater than 1 % of the inhabitants), with 1,365 new ones simply on Monday.
The UAE additionally introduced late Monday that the evening curfew would start at eight p.m. as a substitute of 10 p.m., “in mild of what we’ve got noticed in the course of the holy month of Ramadan and the rise within the variety of covid-19 infections ensuing from among the people locally who had been reckless and didn’t have in mind the precautionary measures,” stated Saif Juma al-Dhaheri of the Security and Prevention Division.
Instances within the UAE have topped 24,000, greater than twice the quantity earlier than Ramadan started late final month. Dhaheri warned towards household gatherings that would additional unfold the virus. The fasting interval will finish this weekend with the Eid al-Fitr vacation, which is generally celebrated with days of household visits and communal dinners.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have additionally skilled main jumps within the new numbers of instances over the weeks of Ramadan, and each have reimposed restrictions.
Beginning on Eid al-Fitr, Saudi Arabia, the worst-hit nation within the area after Iran, will return to a 24-hour lockdown. The dominion reported 2,593 new instances Monday, for a complete of greater than 57,000.
In distinction, prayers on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem will resume following the tip of Ramadan festivities, because the virus’s unfold there has slowed, the Council of the Islamic Waqf, the non secular physique that controls the location, stated Tuesday.
The Waqf, in coordination with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officers, closed the compound almost two months in the past. Within the announcement Tuesday, the Waqf stated that worshipers can be allowed again into the outside prayer space, though it was not clear whether or not they can be allowed into the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on the location as properly, Reuters reported.