Coronavirus: UAE reports 477 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths, 93 recoveries
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.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention expressed its sincere condolences to the families of two GCC nationals who tested positive for COVID-19 and died due to complications. This brings total death toll to 37.- UAEGov (@uaegov) April 17, 2020
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JUST IN: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Thursday, April 17 announced 477 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the country to 6,302 . ???? ?? MoHAP also announced 93 new recoveries, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,188 as of April 17. ???? ??? MoHAP also condoled the deaths of 2 expats, who tested positive or Covid-19 and died due to complications. The death toll stands 37 at as of April 17.??? ???? Read all the details on KhaleejTimes.com????????????? .??? .??? #uae #covid19 #covid19pandemic #coronavirus #coronavirusoutbreak #justin #coronavirusnews #dubai
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After conducting more than 24,000 tests, as part of the plans to expand the scope of the tests, the Ministry of Health registers 477 new cases of the #Coronavirus, and announces 93 recoveries and two death cases. pic.twitter.com/tydl25ToSC- NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) April 17, 2020
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.
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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