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30% increase in Covid-19 cases among UAE citizens: Minister

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 7, 2020 | Last updated on August 7, 2020 at 06.33 am
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Abdul Rahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health and Prevention

(Wam)

Al Owais urges residents to continue to practice social distancing norms and all other Covid-19 guidelines.

The UAE has seen a 30 per cent rise in coronavirus infections among citizens recently and health authorities are asking people to avoid crowds and family gatherings.

After four consecutive days of zero deaths and Wednesday's two, Thursday's health briefing announced one death, 354 recoveries and 239 new cases.

Social distancing is important and it is unwise for the community to lower their guard, health officials said as the country's total cases touched 61,845 following more than five million tests.

Meanwhile, 5,000 volunteers in Abu Dhabi received their first jabs of an experimental vaccine being developed by China's Sinopharm.

Globally, cases crossed 19 million on Thursday, with over 700,000 deaths as the World Health Organisation made a pitch for a vaccine to be made accessible to all people.

The frenetic race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine has intensified safety concerns about inoculation campaigns, prompting governments and drugmakers to raise awareness to ensure their efforts to beat the coronavirus aren't derailed by public distrust. There are more than 200 vaccine candidates in development globally, including more than 20 in human clinical trials. US President Donald Trump has vowed to have a shot ready before year's end, although they typically take 10 years or longer to develop and test for safety and effectiveness.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.


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