Coronavirus: UAE confirms 644 new COVID-19 cases, one death as infections spike

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The United Arab Emirates has confirmed 644 new coronavirus cases and one virus-related death over the past 24 hours after conducting 71,334 tests, raising the total number of infections to 75,098, according to the health ministry.

The country has seen a spike in daily new cases while health authorities ramp up testing efforts.

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The total number of recovered cases has increased to 66,943 after 410 individuals who had previously tested positive for the virus recovered.

Meanwhile, the health ministry announced that one individual died due to COVID-19 complications, raising the death toll to 391.

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The UAE cabinet has approved a National Policy on Vaccinations to combat infectious diseases, like the novel coronavirus, and reduce their risks to individuals and society the official WAM news agency reported on Monday.

The new policy aims to make vaccines widely available and ensure they are sustainable and of good quality. Other objectives will be to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines, to support innovation and research, and to develop policies to safeguard public health during emergencies and disease outbreaks.

As part of the country’s efforts to expand its COVID-19 testing program, some Dubai hospitals and drive-through testing centers are now offering PCR coronavirus nose swab tests for only 250 dirhams ($68) or less.

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