UAE making a rapid recovery after COVID-19, life ‘returning to normal’: Officials

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Health officials in the United Arab Emirates said the country is making a “rapid recovery” and all indicators point to a return to a new normal life after the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

During the UAE’s weekly COVID-19 briefing, Dr Farida al-Hosani, spokesperson for the health sector, praised the community’s adherence to safety protocols and vaccine uptake, saying this has helped the UAE lead global efforts to overcome the pandemic.

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Figures from Our World in Data have ranked the UAE first for the percentage of its population to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The UAE also has the fifth lowest COVID-19 death toll in the world

It also ranked third for the number of PCR tests conducted per 1,000 people for countries with a population over a million.

“Collective efforts helped the detection of cases, making various COVID-19 vaccines available, and increasing vaccination awareness which in turn contributed to the decrease in the number of cases, paving the road towards recovery,” said Dr al-Hosani.

These efforts have led to a 60 percent decrease in COVID-19 cases in the UAE compared to August last year, she said.

Dr al-Hosani also urged residents across the country to get their seasonal flu jab on top of their COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, saying it is important people protect themselves against influenza as well as the coronavirus.

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According to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), 92.3 percent of the country have now received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 85.55 percent are fully vaccinated.

On Tuesday, the UAE reported just 322 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily tally of coronavirus infections this year.

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