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Coronavirus: UAE announces 484 new cases, 74 recoveries

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on April 20, 2020
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The ministry also announced 74 new recoveries.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday announced 484 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The ministry also announced 74 new recoveries. With this total cases now stand at 7,265, while total recoveries now stand at 1,360.

The ministry also announced two new deaths, taking the total to 43.

The UAE has also conducted 25,795 fresh coronavirus tests, it was revealed.

After the success of the initial round of the nationwide sterilisation campaign, Dubai on Friday announced an extension of the campaign for another week.

To detect cases early and curb the spread of the coronavirus, the UAE has opened 14 drive-through testing facilities that can screen hundreds of people daily without them having any direct contact with healthcare workers. 

Meanwhile, UAE has also started clinical trials of plasma therapy for treatment of Covid-19. Their effectiveness is being researched, and the UAE is keen to further look into studies and treatments around the world.

In a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus, several precautionary measures were put in place in the UAE, including the #StayHome initiative, a nationwide sanitisation drive, guidelines for proper hygiene in homes and workplaces, among others.

Among the latest steps taken by the UAE government is that all residency visas, entry permits and Emirates IDs will remain valid until the end of 2020.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman have also announced restriction on movement of workers to and from other emirates.

Dubai's Covid-19 Command and Control Center has also announced the UAE's first full genome sequencing of the Covid-19 virus. The successful sequencing of the virus from a patient in Dubai was performed by researchers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).


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