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Coronavirus: UAE reports 477 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths, 93 recoveries

Web Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on April 18, 2020 | Last updated on April 18, 2020 at 06.01 am
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(Wam file)

The country conducted 24,000 more tests to identify cases.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Friday announced 477 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus along with two deaths and 93 recoveries.

More than 24,000 tests were conducted to detect the new cases.

The total number of infections in the country stand at 6,302 as of April 17, while total recoveries are 1,188.

The deceased were identified as Gulf nationals, who had tested positive for Covid-19 and died due to complications. This take the death toll in UAE to 37.

Also read: Dubai extends 24-hour sterilisation programme

To detect cases early, 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. The health authorities said up to 7,100 people can be tested every day with the new drive-through testing facilities established across the country.

The country now has the capacity to conduct 10,000 tests daily, including at hospitals and out-patient clinics.

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 and Sharjah 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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