International

UK rushes to build field hospitals as virus death toll surges

Sharjah24 – AFP: The UK government said Friday it was rushing to build more emergency field hospitals ahead of an expected surge in coronavirus cases, hours after recording a record 569 deaths from the disease.

International

Age limit could be raised for Olympic football tournament

Sharjah24 – Reuters: The age limit for the Tokyo Olympics men's football tournament could be raised so that players who were eligible in 2020 will not miss out following the postponement of the Games until the following year, FIFA said on Friday.

UAE

MoHAP: 240 new cases of COVID-19, 12 recoveries, one death

Sharjah24 – WAM: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced on Friday 240 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the UAE, bringing the total number of cases to 1,264.

Environment

MOCCAE to lift seasonal fishing and trade ban on sharks

Sharjah24 – WAM: The seasonal fishing and trade ban on sharks will cease on April 5, 2020. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced its decision to suspend the Ministerial Resolution No. 43 of 2019 that regulates shark fishing and trade for the remainder of the ban period that is annually imposed from March 1 to June 30, coinciding with the spawning season of the fish.

UAE

IACAD launches ‘Social Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19’

Sharjah 24 – WAM: As part of facilitating community contributions and donations to efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai has announced the ‘Social Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19’. The launch of the Fund seeks to support the fight against coronavirus in collaboration with government entities, charity associations and members of society.

Economy

American Airlines applies for U.S. payroll assistance grants

Sharjah 24 – Reuters: American Airlines, the largest U.S. airline, confirmed Friday it has applied to the U.S. Treasury for a chunk of the $25 billion payroll assistance grants approved by Congress last week.