UAE records 1,747 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths

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The United Arab Emirates recorded 1,747 new coronavirus cases, 1,731 recoveries and four deaths in 24 hours, the country’s health ministry reported on Wednesday.

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UAE health authorities carried out 302,318 COVID-19 tests to determine Wednesday’s numbers which indicated a significant one-day decrease in daily cases from Tuesday’s 2,184 infections.

The country’s virus death toll mounted to 1,811, total recoveries rose to 611,442 and total diagnosed cases since the pandemic’s onset increased to 632,907, according to state news agency WAM.

There are currently 19,654 active cases in the UAE, figures from the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) showed.

COVID-19 data from Reuters indicated that an average of 88,478 doses are administered in the UAE per day. If the country continues to vaccinate at this rate, it should take a further 23 days to administer enough shots to another 10 percent of the population.

The UAE has already administered more than 15.1 million doses since the launch of the country’s vaccination drive in December 2020. This number is expected to rise soon with the approval of a third booster dose to those who have taken the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, and the launch of Pfizer vaccines for pregnant women, which was announced on Tuesday.

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Late Monday, Abu Dhabi’s crisis authority announced that as of August 20, only vaccinated people are allowed to enter some public areas, including gyms, malls and restaurants. The decision comes as 93 percent of the emirate’s target group was inoculated against COVID-19.

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