UAE NEWS: Dubai replaces health chief executive as UAE detects outbreak of Covid-19 cases

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has appointed Awad Saghir al-Ketbi as the new director general of the Dubai Health Authority, replacing Humaid al-Qutami, according to a statement issued on Sunday.

Dubai governor has replaced Emirate health chief without explanation, amid a vaccination campaign and a spike in Covid-19 diseases in the United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has appointed Awad Saghir al-Ketbi as the new director general of the Dubai Health Authority, replacing Humaid al-Qutami, according to a statement issued on Sunday.

No reason for change was given. The Daily Media Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The number of daily coronavirus cases in the UAE, a coalition of seven emirates, tripled last month. On Monday authorities registered 3,579 new infections and nine deaths. It does not provide a breakdown per emirate.

The country has largely removed coronavirus restrictions without face masks in the public and social isolation.

But Dubai, a region of business and tourism in the region, has seen an influx of tourists during the high winter season and last week also introduced other measures, including restricting live entertainment and continuing to limit the number of people allowed to attend public events and restaurants.

The UAE has intensified its immunization campaign with the aim of vaccinating more than 50% of its estimated 9 million people before the end of March.

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