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Coronavirus: UAE reports 382 new Covid-19 cases, 676 recoveries

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on June 17, 2020 | Last updated on June 18, 2020 at 06.13 am
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The country is well on track to flattening the curve.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 382 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 676 new recoveries.

The UAE is working hard to meet the need for citizens and residents and the first one globally in terms of the number of tests per million globally-3 million tests. More than 39,000 additional tests have been carried out in 24 hours. 

With rigorous, easily accessible testing across the country, the UAE has managed to stem the rise in new Covid-19 cases, and recoveries are now double the number of reported cases on a daily bases.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are on track to flattening the Covid-19 curve. Marked by a high rate of recoveries and a declining number of infections, Dr Amer Ahmad Sharif, head of Dubai's Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, said the emirate is on its way to overcoming the pandemic.

In Abu Dhabi, mass testing has seen positive results. Half a month of movement restrictions on entering and exiting the Capital and travelling between its regions has seen the health authorities scale up screenings in the industrial area of Mussafah, Al Ain and other high-density areas. And so far more than 388,000 residents have been tested as part of the expanded National Screening Programme.

Meanwhile, Dubai is set to reopen waterparks with strict rules. In the circular dated June 16 issued to hotels and other establishments, Dubai Tourism said strict safety measures must be implemented when water parks and shower rooms reopen for visitors. Through a strict set of guidelines, Dubai Municipality has mandated operators of waterparks and water attractions in Dubai to ensure that all such facilities undergo deep cleaning and water quality tests before they are reopened. Among the list of 38 rules is the guideline that visitors will not be allowed to borrow towels from the facilities, and must bring their own towels and accessories when they visit waterparks. Prior to Covid-19 restrictions, it was a general practice for waterparks and public swimming pools to offer towels to guests.

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