Coronavirus: UAE records 659 new cases after conducting more than 54,000 tests

Men wearing face masks walk past jewelers' shops at the Dubai Gold Souk. (File photo: AFP)

The United Arab Emirates recorded 659 new cases of the novel coronavirus after conducting more than 54,000 tests, which raises the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 37,018, according to the government.

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Three people died of complications due to the virus on Thursday, the ministry said. The COVID-19 death toll in the country is now 273.

Meanwhile, 419 people recovered from the virus in the UAE, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 19,572.

The number of daily reported cases in the country has dropped in recent days with 571 new infections detected on Wednesday, and 596 on Tuesday.

In the past few weeks, the UAE has begun loosening coronavirus restrictions, and has reopened entertainment destinations as well as beaches and malls.

Businesses have also been allowed to resume activity with the requirement of implementing preventative measures.

However, movement in and out of the capital Abu Dhabi was banned, as well as between its cities starting Tuesday, as part of its mass testing efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

The week-long ban was implemented to quickly reach as many people as possible to extend mass testing to high-density areas.

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Last Update: Thursday, 04 June 2020 KSA 15:26 - GMT 12:26
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