Coronavirus: UAE reports 731 new cases after conducting more than 40,000 tests 

Ambulance and emergency medical response team in Abu Dhabi. (File photo: AFP)

The United Arab Emirates reported 731 new coronavirus cases after more than 40,000 tests were conducted across the country, the Ministry of Health announced.

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This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UAE to 23,358.

Six people of different nationalities died of complications due to the virus, the ministry added. The coronavirus death toll in the UAE is now 220.

Meanwhile, the ministry said that 8,512 people have recovered from the virus so far.

Also read: UAE has one of the highest coronavirus recovery rates globally: Dubai health official

The spokeswoman for the UAE Government on Saturday urged the public to adhere to social distancing measures and avoid large gatherings during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday.

“Because Eid is associated with social visits, gatherings, and banquets, we advise all families to avoid these habits,” she said.

Cases in the UAE have been on the rise in the past week, with 769 new infections reported yesterday, 747 the day before, and 698 cases confirmed on Thursday.

However, despite the increase in daily reported cases, the country began loosening restrictions at the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Since then, malls, restaurants, and hotel beaches have reopened.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54
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