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Dubai blamed for coronavirus cases abroad; questions swirl at home

The World Health Organization said that before the pandemic, the UAE had nearly 13,250 hospital beds for a country of over 9 million people.

January 29, 2021 / 08:06 PM IST
AP

AP

After opening itself to New Year's revelers, Dubai is now being blamed by several countries for spreading the coronavirus abroad, even as questions swirl about the city-state's ability to handle reported record spikes in virus cases.

The government's Dubai Media Office says the sheikhdom is doing all it can to handle the pandemic, though it has repeatedly declined to answer questions from The Associated Press about its hospital capacity.

“After a year of managing the pandemic, we can confidently say the current situation is under control and we have our plans to surge any capacity in the health care system should a need rise,” it said.

However, Nasser al-Shaikh, Dubai's former finance chief, offered a different assessment Thursday on Twitter and asked authorities to take control of a spiraling caseload.