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Coronavirus: UAE's youngest patient recovers, celebrates ninth birthday

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A 9-year-old Pilipino resident has become the youngest patient to recover in the United Arab Emirates, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, tweeted on Wednesday.

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He shared a video of the boy walking out of a hospital room as hospital staff cheered.

“The recovery of the UAE’s youngest patient... The [boy] is celebrating his ninth birthday and celebrating life,” the minister said in a tweet.

The boy was recently discharged from the intensive care unit.

The UAE has recorded a comparatively high number of recoveries in a short period of time because most cases in the country have had only minor symptoms, according to a health sector spokeswoman.

The registered recovered cases reached 1,443 as of Tuesday, according to the health ministry. A total of 7,755 coronavirus cases have been detected in the UAE and the death toll reached 46.

The UAE has seen a steady increase in daily cases as the country ramps up its testing efforts across the nation, with plans to test all citizens and residents, according to a Bloomberg report.

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