Coronavirus Pandemic

Daily coronavirus cases in UAE highest ever 1,083

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on September 23, 2020 | Last updated on September 23, 2020 at 02.42 pm
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The previous highest number of cases recorded in a single day was two weeks ago on September 12, with 1,007 cases.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday, September 23, reported 1,083 new cases of Covid-19, the highest single-day increase recorded in the country. It also announced 970 recoveries and a death due to complications caused by the virus.

The previous highest number of cases recorded in a single day was two weeks ago on September 12, with 1,007 cases.

This is the second time that daily Covid-19 cases have crossed the 1,000 mark, making Wednesday's cases the highest-ever recorded in the country.

In July and August, the country had marked a drop in the number of cases by 21 per cent. The country also saw its Covid mortality rate go down by 5.7 per cent.

"August saw more than two million lab tests nationwide (2,018,274) - the eighth highest in the world. There was an increase of 36 per cent in comparison to the tests conducted in July, when over 1.4 million tests were done," said Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official UAE government spokesperson, on Tuesday.

The official also reiterated the government call to avoid gatherings. "These figures are the result of residents' awareness. We call on all members of society to play a fundamental role in continuing this development."

Earlier, Dr Farida Al Hosani, spokeswoman for the UAE health sector, had said that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases since August 10.

According to authorities, the country witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases in recent days mainly because of non-compliance to precautionary measures outlined by the country. Wearing masks, physical distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene top the list of anti-Covid measures.

At 0.5 per cent, the country has one of the lowest death rates in the world. It also has among the highest recovery rates in the world at 90 per cent.

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