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Coronavirus: UAE records 1,215 new Covid-19 cases

A further 1,215 cases of the coronavirus were detected across the Emirates on Sunday.

The infections were reported after another 115,293 Covid-19 tests were carried out.

At least 1,162 more patients were cleared from the virus, which, in the UAE, requires taking testing negative for Covid-19 twice consecutively. The country’s total recoveries now stand at 107,516.

And four patients died of the virus, raising the death toll to 463.

There are now 7,623 active cases of Covid-19 across the country – down from more than 10,000 on October.

Case numbers have been above 1,000 for all but one day in October.

On Saturday, 1,538 new cases of the virus were reported – the highest number of daily infections in the Emirates to date.

Despite the increase in daily cases, which dropped as low as 164 on August 4, the number of active cases have been steadily decreasing from more than 10,000 on October 4.

The highest number of active cases in the UAE was 17,031 on June 5.

The UAE has made a concerted effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, at home and abroad. Almost 11.7 million Covid-19 tests have been conducted across the country since the outbreak.

A campaign to enforce safety measures in public places and at home has been under way since August with fines issued to anyone found flouting regulations.

And clinical trials for two Covid-19 vaccines are being conducted in the UAE.

Last week, authorities said Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine would be tested in the Emirates, months after the UAE was chosen as a partner for Chinese drug maker Sinopharm’s Phase-3 trial.

More than 31,000 volunteers in the UAE took part in trials for the Sinopharm vaccine before the Ministry of Health and Prevention approved it for emergency use for front-line health workers.

Since then, several officials have also been vaccinated.

Health minister, Abdulrahman Al Owais, was the first to receive the inoculation and Obaid Al Shamsi, director general of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has also taken the vaccine.

At the weekend, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, were each vaccinated.

“Thank you Nurse Ozma, from Lahore!” said Ms Al Kaabi. “She [has] been working in the UAE for the past 18 years.”

Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed, chair of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has also been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Source: The National

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