The UAE sets a record with 3,552 new COVID-19 cases confirmed over the past 24 hours, according to the NCEMA.
The total number of cases increased to 270,810 on Friday while the recoveries totaled 243,267 after 3,945 individuals recovered.
The death toll remains relatively low at 776 as of January 22, with 10 new fatalities reported since yesterday.
The Ministry of Health conducts 170,694 tests as part of its plans to expand the scope of the tests, and reveals 3,552 new cases of the #Coronavirus, 3,945 recoveries and 10 death cases due to complications. #TogetherWeRecover— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) January 22, 2021
Despite a drastic spike in new coronavirus cases in recent weeks, health authorities continue with the country’s vaccination plan to vaccinate 50 percent of the population by March.
The UAE first approved the Sinopharm vaccine developed by China's National Pharmaceutical Group and has been using it throughout the country. The emirate of Dubai approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which is available to those with pre-existing conditions frontline workers. Authorities on Thursday approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the county’s NCEMA announced.
“After the results of its effectiveness, and in triggering a strong antibody response against #Covid19 virus, #UAE approves Russia’s Sputnik vaccine for emergency use,” the NCEMA said in a tweet.