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Covid-19: With 1,100 cases, UAE hits new high in daily infections

Saman Haziq/Dubai
Filed on October 1, 2020 | Last updated on October 1, 2020 at 06.44 am
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The steepest rise in the number of coronavirus cases should shake us out of the complacency we have fallen into.

The pandemic seems to be on an upward spiral as the UAE on Wednesday recorded the biggest ever rise in daily Covid cases with 1,100 infections. This is the highest number of daily cases recorded in the country, bringing the total tally to 94,190.

The steepest rise in the number of coronavirus cases should shake us out of the complacency we have fallen into.

The government also reported 1,186 recoveries and three deaths due to complications caused by the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 83,724.

Leading the way in global testing rates, the UAE for the third time in less than two weeks conducted over 100,000 Covid tests in a single day on Wednesday. Some 105,615 new tests were carried out. The UAE has conducted more than 9.6 million tests so far.
The previous highest number of cases recorded in a single day was on September 24, with 1,083 cases. This is the third time that daily Covid-19 cases have crossed the 1,000 mark.

However, the government is not leaving anything to chance and is taking robust safety measures to keep people safe, which include comprehensive testing, temperature screenings at public places, multi-language awareness programmes and countrywide sterilisation drives.

In a media briefing on Tuesday, the authorities announced that they detected 24,894 violations of Covid-19 safety measures during the first 15 days of September.

Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, official spokesperson for the National Crisis Emergency and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), said failure to wear face masks topped the list of violations. Having more than three persons in a vehicle was the next top violation during this period.

saman@khaleejtimes.com 


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