Coronavirus: UAE conducts 45,000 new tests, confirms 479 cases

An elderly man wearing a protective mask prays outside a mosque which has been closed to worshipers amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Sharjah, UAE, March 30, 2020. (AFP)

The United Arab Emirates conducted another 45,000 coronavirus tests that led to the detection of 479 new cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 40,986, the ministry of health reported on Thursday.

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Despite recording new cases daily, the ministry has also seen an increase in recoveries with an additional 1,217 individuals who had previously tested positive for the virus having recovered. The total number of recoveries in the UAE has reached 25,234.

Two people have died due to complications after being infected with the new virus, raising the death toll to 286.

The number of active coronavirus cases in the UAE is now 15,466.

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Despite the easing of restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus, the health ministry continues to urge individuals to adhere to precautionary measures, wear a face mask, wash hands and maintain social distancing.

“We should pay attention to the elderly and individuals at risk. We advise them to follow social distancing and avoid public places,” spokeswoman Dr. Farida al-Hosani said on Wednesday.

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The increase or decrease in new and recovered cases in the country and the world are associated with the commitment of people to precautionary measures in addition to other factors, according to a government spokeswoman.

“It should not be taken as an indicator that the spread of Covid-19 has been curbed,” Dr. Amna al-Shamsi said on Wednesday.

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Last Update: Friday, 12 June 2020 KSA 07:44 - GMT 04:44
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