Coronavirus: UAE detects 1,963 new cases, highest since start of pandemic outbreak

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The United Arab Emirates detected its highest number of new coronavirus cases since the outbreak began in December 2019, with the health ministry reporting 1,963 new infections in the past 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 211,641.

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The country has been reporting a record number of cases in the past week. On Friday, the ministry said 1,856 infections were reported, while 1,730 new infections were recorded on Thursday.

Three people died on Saturday due to complications caused by COVID-19, bringing the virus-related death toll in the country to 674.

Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries rose to 188,100 after 2,081 people recovered from the coronavirus.

The UAE has continued to take steps to control the spread of the virus. In December, authorities announced that schools would come back for their second semester starting with two weeks of online distance learning.

The country's Ministry of Education said that the capacity for administrative and technical staff in schools will be limited to 50 percent.

“Staff members can then switch with the other 50 percent, while maintaining all safety precautions,” the ministry said in a statement.

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