UAE exceeds 3 mln coronavirus tests, ranks 1st in screening per capita: Minister

A woman waits to be tested by medical staff wearing protective equipment, amid the coronavirus outbreak, at a hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 20, 2020. (Reuters)

The UAE has conducted more than three million coronavirus tests in record time, and the country ranks first globally in COVID-19 screening per capita, said Minister of Health Dr. Abdul Rahman al-Owais on Wednesday.

“The UAE, five months after the detection of the first COVID-19 case, has become an inspirational model to be followed for proactive measures and effective crisis management,” he said in a press conference as cited by state news agency WAM.

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“The UAE has proved its ability to address this challenge in a highly effective manner, by relying on its front-line workers and on the compliance of its people with the preventive and precautionary measures. Thanks to the directives of our wise leadership, the UAE now ranks first in the world in terms of screening per capita, hitting the three million test mark in a record time,” he added.

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According to statistics website statista.com, the chart showing the number of coronavirus tests performed per million population in the most impacted countries worldwide shows that the UAE is at the top of the list and further ahead from the screening rates of other countries.

On May 25, the UAE had announced that it crossed the two million-mark in terms of coronavirus testing.

Daily cases

As for the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in the UAE, the country reported on Wednesday 382 new cases of coronavirus infection, 676 recoveries and the death of two people, according to Dr. Amna al-Dahak al-Shamsi, spokesperson of the UAE Government.

The UAE tally now is at 43,364 confirmed coronavirus cases, 29,537 recovered COVID-19 patients, and the death toll stands at 295 fatalities.

Age limit on entry ban

Al-Shamsi said the UAE will now adjust the age limit on the restrictions of entry to shopping malls, co-ops, supermarkets, restaurants, sports centers, and all retail stores.

In early May, the country had banned the elderly above the age of 60 and children under the age of 12 from entering those public facilities since they are considered part of the high-risk groups of contracting the coronavirus.

Now, people above the age of 70 will be banned from entry. Meaning, that seniors between the age of 60-69 are allowed back into the public facilities they were previously banned from entering.

However, children under the age of 12 remain banned from entering the aforementioned public facilities.

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