UAE performed over 125,000 coronavirus tests: Health ministry

Tourists wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, as they walk at the Grand Souq in old Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 2, 2020. (Reuters)

The United Arab Emirates has performed over 125,000 coronavirus tests as of Monday, according to the health ministry.

Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section.

“The UAE testing coverage is the highest in the world,” the ministry announced in a video shared on Twitter. “Almost 13,000 people tested per million.”

The gulf country has taken several measures to help combat the spread of the new coronavirus. On Saturday, authorities announced the suspension of visa issuance, as well as stopping flights to and from Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

Theme parks, historical sites, gyms, gaming centers have all been closed in both Dubai and the Abu Dhabi until at least the end of March.

Read more: Dubai suspends theme parks, cinemas, night clubs, concerts

Dubai also closed all bars, pubs and lounges earlier today.

The UAE has a total of 98 cases of coronavirus, with 23 recoveries as of Monday.

Read more: Abu Dhabi closes tourist attractions, Louvre, theme parks


 

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