Coronavirus: UAE reports 640 new COVID-19 cases, drop from recent spike of 1,007

A man in a mask in Sharjah, UAE. (File photo: AFP)

The United Arab Emirates reported 640 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, a drop of several hundred from the previous day's high of 1,007 cases in 24 hours, announced the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) on Twitter.

NCEMA added that there had been no new deaths from COVID-19 during the last day.

A further 468 people had recovered from the virus.

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The new cases were detected after authorities carried out 84,642 tests in a 24-hour period, explained NCEMA.

The UAE has recently experienced a second spike in cases, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday witnessing the three highest daily increases since the peak of the first outbreak in May, and Saturday's 1,007 new cases the highest on record.

Authorities have warned against complacency and urged the public to follow coronavirus precautionary rules, such as practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

Three people could face fines for a recent wedding in Abu Dhabi, reported the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Thursday, while on Saturday Dubai Police said that a man who violated mandatory home quarantine rules had been arrested after he filmed himself going to the shop despite testing positive for coronavirus.

The UAE currently has a total of 79,489 cases, of which 69,451 have recovered, according to government figures.

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Last Update: Sunday, 13 September 2020 KSA 13:31 - GMT 10:31
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