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Coronavirus: 10% increase in UAE's active Covid-19 cases in August

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Abu Dhabi
dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 26, 2020 | Last updated on August 26, 2020 at 06.26 am
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(Reuters)

The UAE continues to have the highest medical examinations compared to other populations across the globe.

The UAE has witnessed a 10 per cent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since the beginning of August, the government said on Tuesday. Over the past two weeks, the number of patients who are receiving treatment from the disease rose from 9.5 per cent to 12 per cent.

Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE government, noted that despite the spike in infections, the number of deaths remained at 0.5 per cent of the total cases, which can be attributed to the advanced healthcare and treatment protocols implemented by the UAE.

"There are indicators that we are on the right track that reflects the strength and efficiency of the medical system, including detecting positive cases at an early stage," Al Hammadi said during the Press briefing on Tuesday.

He said the UAE continues to have the highest medical examinations compared to other populations across the globe.

A total of 69,309 new tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, of which 339 cases were tested positive. "There have been 172 recoveries and one death due to Covid-19- related complications as of Tuesday, August 25," Al Hammadi added.

Al Hammadi reminded the public that precautionary measures should be strictly followed at all times. "We spotted some clips on social media where individuals were seen holding gatherings and parties in some facilities without applying preventive measures. We call on all members of society to take responsibility for maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks, and so on."

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Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88


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