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UAE to conduct over 2 million coronavirus tests in 2 months

Staff Report (with inputs from Wam)/Dubai
Filed on July 7, 2020 | Last updated on July 7, 2020 at 06.17 am
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(KT file)

This recent increase in cases is a "source of worry" and "reflects the reckless behaviour of some residents.

The UAE is planning to conduct over two million Covid-19 tests in the next two months, a top official has said. The tests will target workers in the services and government sectors. It will cover public transportation and taxi drivers, workers in hotels and malls, as well as government employees.

Also read: UAE confirms 528 new cases, 424 recoveries on Monday

The daily number of cases has "slightly increased" in the last few days, said Dr Amna Al Dahhak Al Shamsi, spokesperson for the UAE Government.

This increase is a "source of worry" and "reflects the reckless behaviour of some residents in not complying with safety precautions".

The official was referring to precautionary measures like mandatory use of masks and good hand hygiene.

Al Shamsi announced that health institutions in the country had carried out 28,009 Covid-19 tests which had revealed 528 new cases, bringing the total number of registered cases to 52,068.

She announced that 424 new recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries 40,721 across the country. One death was recorded, bringing the total deaths to 324 cases.

The official indicated that 11,023 patients are still undergoing treatment in medical institutions at this time.

Violators of precautionary measures will be penalised, she warned.

She stressed the need to gain news and information from official sources and other verified sources before sharing, as penalties will be applied to anyone who spreads incorrect information.

The official called on all residents to adhere to the UAE's #WeAreAllResponsible call.

"We have come a long way. Together, we can beat the pandemic," she stressed, as she called on residents to cooperate with the authorities in ensuring safety.

Despite the recent slight increase in the number of new infections, the UAE's recovery rate remains above 78 per cent compared with the global average of less than 57 per cent, the spokesperson added.

Al Shamsi said that the current stage in the fight against the pandemic has only been reached due to the huge, unwavering efforts made by government institutions and the efforts heroes from the first line of defence; together they have shielded the wider UAE nation.

 

At the end of the briefing, the official insisted that the UAE Government is constantly evaluating health conditions locally and globally to determine the procedures that need to be followed. 


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