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Travelers to Abu Dhabi tracked during mandatory quarantine

The news from Etihad Airways comes as daily COVID-19 cases reach another peak in the United Arab Emirates, which has joined Jordan in using wristbands to track people entering the country.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - AUGUST 10: A workers is seen at a testing center at the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border on August 10, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The UAE has recorded around 62,000 cases of covid-19, with 357 deaths, among its population of 9.6 million people. New cases have steadily declined since a spike at the beginning of July. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi is now requiring people arriving by air to wear wristbands during their mandatory two-week quarantine. The measure is a sign authorities in the United Arab Emirates are tightening restrictions as daily COVID-19 cases reach all-time highs.

The latest regulations stipulate that travelers flying into Abu Dhabi International Airport self-isolate for 14 days. They must wear a “medically approved wristband” for the duration, an Etihad Airways spokesperson told Al-Monitor on Thursday. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad is the UAE’s flagship carrier. Immigration authorities will provide travelers with the wristband after they are cleared to enter the country, according to the spokesperson.

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