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Coronavirus: UAE cases surpass 3,500, marking record high number of infections

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Coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates surpassed 3,500 on Wednesday, marking a record high daily number of infections for the country.

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The ministry of health reported 3,506 new cases, 3,746 recoveries and six COVID-19 related deaths.

While coronavirus cases in the country have steadily climbed since the beginning of January, the government has also implemented an aggressive rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Over 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the country of 9.9 million people, including both the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine and the American-made Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

A handout picture taken by the Government of Dubai Media Office on December 23, 2020, shows a health worker administering a dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a nurse at a medical center in the Dubai Emirate. (AFP)
A handout picture taken by the Government of Dubai Media Office on December 23, 2020, shows a health worker administering a dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a nurse at a medical center in the Dubai Emirate. (AFP)

The UAE is ranked first globally in distribution of daily doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with a rate of 1.16 doses per 100 people, and fifth in terms of the availability of the vaccines, according to the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.

Taking the vaccine is “every individual’s responsibility to protect their health, families and wider society,” UAE Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Vaccination centers have been set up in six out of the country’s seven emirates.

Dubai’s government, which announced its seventh Pfizer-BioNTech designated vaccination center last week, plans to inoculate 70 percent of its population with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year.

People sit as they wait their turn for vaccine trials in Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 6, 2020. (Reuters)
People sit as they wait their turn for vaccine trials in Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 6, 2020. (Reuters)

UAE residents can register and book vaccination appointments through the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) app or the DHA toll-free number 800 342.

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