Coronavirus: UAE crosses 30,000 confirmed cases, conducts over 2 mln COVID-19 tests

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The UAE reported on Monday 822 new coronavirus cases and three fatalities, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country up to 30,307 and the death toll up to 248 fatalities.

The country also said it has conducted more than 2 million coronavirus tests in line with its strategy to ramp up testing.

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Minister of Health, Dr. Abdul Rahman al-Owais, said: “We are adopting a proactive approach to stem the virus’ spread in the country. We are now at a critical juncture that requires individual responsibility; we all must honor our responsibility to society and stand alongside our first line of defense and our leadership to survive the crisis,” state news agency WAM reported.

The UAE’s government spokesperson, Dr. Amna al-Shamsi, added that 601 patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries in the country up to 15,657.

She said: “The current circumstances triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a new reality for all of us, including for members of the same family a new reality that requires a new way of thinking to invest our time in a different way, to re-consider our old habits and customs in a way that further strengthens our bonds.”

Al-Shamsi added that amid the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the coronavirus during this Eid, people should support and thank people working on the frontlines to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We wish that anyone who knows one of our soldiers on the first line of defense to call and congratulate him or her on Eid al-Fitr and thank them all on our behalf for their tireless efforts and dedication under the current exceptional circumstances.”

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