Hello from The National in Abu Dhabi.
Here are your morning updates: CORONAVIRUS LATEST – The UAE recorded 716 new infections after more than 71,000 additional tests were carried out. More than half of those living in Abu Dhabi surveyed by the government remain upbeat about their economic prospects in the wake of the pandemic.
People not wearing masks should be refused service in enclosed public spaces, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, as his government moves to make the wearing of them compulsory.
England took a major step towards returning to normal life as many restaurants, pubs and hairdressers reopened after more than three months of closure.
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LATEST GLOBAL NUMBERSTotal deaths: 528,354
Total cases: 11,185,627
Total recoveries: 6,029,860 **
Numbers correct as of midnight GMT.
IN OTHER NEWS
Britain said its commitment to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal is being jeopardised by Iran’s repeated violations of the agreement.
Dubai has outlined its plans for a commercial drone network, including miniature helipads and an air traffic control system.
The UAE is seeking the brightest scientists and researchers in the Arab world for its space programme.
Gilbert Burns is out of the main event at UFC 251 on Fight Island after testing positive for Covid-19 before flying to Abu Dhabi.
In opinion, John Rakolta Jr, the US ambassador to the UAE, writes the US stands with the UAE to address some of the greatest challenges of our time, now and in the years to come.
** And the matter of the remaining non recovered 4,500,000 wwide?