Coronavirus: UAE reports 1,226 new COVID-19 cases after conducting 155,176 tests

A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves holds a sign at Mall of the Emirates after the UAE government eased a curfew and allowed stores to reopen, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 5, 2020. (AP)

The United Arab Emirates has reported 1,226 new COVID-19 cases after conducting 155,176 over the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry.

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An additional 674 recoveries were also confirmed, the ministry announced. Meanwhile, four individuals who had previously tested positive for the virus died due to complications.

The UAE has confirmed 187,267 infections as of December 15 with 165,023 recoveries. The death toll has remained relatively low at 622.

Authorities on Friday released a list of all the locations where residents and nationals can receive the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

Read also: Where to get the COVID-19 Sinopharm vaccine in the UAE

Residents across the UAE will now be able to volunteer to be vaccinated, after Abu Dhabi’s voluntary vaccination campaign was extended to include Dubai and the UAE’s five other emirates this week.

The vaccine, which was developed by China’s state-owned Sinopharm, was approved after it showed 86 percent efficacy in trials, according to regulators.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 15 December 2020 KSA 13:25 - GMT 10:25