Coronavirus: UAE records 346 new cases after conducting 38,000 tests

A man is seen through a thermal camera at Dubai International Airport amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, UAE April 27, 2020. Picture taken April 27, 2020. (Reuters)

The United Arab Emirates has confirmed 346 new coronavirus cases after conducting 38,000 new tests over the past 24 hours, the health ministry announced on Tuesday.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 732 people, raising the total number of recoveries to 28,861, about 67 percent of the total 42,982 cases that were confirmed.

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Meanwhile, two people who had previously tested positive for the virus died due to complications, taking the death toll to 293 as of June 16.

The UAE extended a ban on Monday, suspending travel in and out of the capital Abu Dhabi for another week as the health ministry ramps up its mass testing efforts.

As the country continues lifting oronavirus restrictions, authorities annouced that UAE citizens and residents will be allowed to travel to specific destinations according to set conditions and procedures starting June 23, according to an official statement.

Last week, Dubai announced the reopening of pools and the resumption of water sports activities in line with further easing of restrictions. On June 3, the emirate also allowed shopping malls and private sector businesses to operate at full capacity given people follow social distancing rules and preventative measures such as wearing face masks.

In May, authorities allowed Dubai hotel beaches and outdoor tourism and sports activities for groups of five people or less following a period of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restaurants have also been allowed to operate but only with a 30 percent capacity in order to maintain social distancing. Parking spaces available at malls were reduced to a 25 percent availability to limit the possibility of overcrowding. Beauty salons are allowed to operate but on an appointment basis only, offering only hair and nail services.

Children under the age of 12 and adults over 60, as well as those who have preexisting conditions are not allowed to visit any public places or businesses for their own safety.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 16 June 2020 KSA 18:38 - GMT 15:38
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