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Coronavirus: UAE reports 435 Covid-19 cases, 113 recoveries, 1 death

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on August 19, 2020 | Last updated on August 19, 2020 at 02.02 pm
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More than 72,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country, the health ministry added.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 435 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 113 recoveries.

One death was also reported.

More than 72,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country, the ministry added.

The UAE has conducted a total of six million tests till date as part of the country's massive screening programmes to combat the spread of Covid-19, and leads the world in per million Covid tests. The UAE quickly ramped up its testing infrastructure, and has managed to control the spread effectively.

In line with government's continues to support scientific research, the country has recently launched Dubai's first independent biomedical research centre - Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute - that will focus on researching on communicable diseases in the UAE, in addition to Covid-19. Such initiatives prove that the UAE is actively contributing to global health security and that it seeks to empower the scientific and research sector's contribution to global efforts.

The UAE has also established 14 drive-through testing centres in all seven emirates in addition to press testing centreers in Sharjah, Ajman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah.

However, the country has witnessed an alarming increase in daily cases, the rate of which indicates a surge in infections in the coming period. The ministry said most of the cases were caused by gatherings resulting from family and social visits without compliance to precautionary measures such as social distancing and wearing masks. The ministry said that it should be noted that the risk of acquiring an infection increases whenever sport or exercise includes more participants who have to be in close proximity to each other, therefore, it is necessary to adhere to wearing a mask in the absence of the element of physical distancing.

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