Coronavirus: UAE reports 305 Covid-19 cases, 343 recoveries, 1 death

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Dubai - More than 40,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out, the health ministry said.

By Web Report

Published: Tue 21 Jul 2020, 12:17 PM

Last updated: Wed 22 Jul 2020, 8:35 AM

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday reported 305 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 343 recoveries.
One new death was also reported.
More than 40,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out, the health ministry added.

The ministry has affirmed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. The UAE has stolen a march over other countries in the quest for a vaccine against Covid-19 with the launch of the final phase 3 human trials. Coordination is underway to open registration for nationals and residents across the UAE who wish to volunteer for Phase III clinical trials of inactivated vaccine. The clinical trial will last for about three to six months. The trails will rope in 15,000 volunteers to further test the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday that the free Covid-19 tests for Ajman residents have been postponed.

The Ajman Medical Zone has postponed the launch of free Covid-19 tests for Ajman residents due to technical reasons. The screenings were scheduled to be launched in Al Afrah Convention and Event Centre and Al Bait Al Mutwahid in Al Hamaidiya.

In Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority has confirmed that the facilities of taxi operators in the emirate are in compliance with the Covid-19 precautionary measures in place. However, 643 violations have been registered in relation with the physical distancing of passengers. The RTA launched an extensive inspection campaign that covered 6,510 taxis of seven franchise companies and the premises of their operators in Dubai.

And nationwide, nurseries are seeking guidelines for reopening in September. In a virtual Press meeting on Monday, nursery owners said nearly 50 per cent of the institutions will have to shut down if they are not allowed to reopen, voicing their concerns about the challenges. They said with no rent reliefs in view of the Covid-19 situation, early learning centres and nurseries have started feeling the pressure as many of them had been asked to move out of their premises. Many of them have projected that around 10,000 nursery staffers will lose their jobs across the UAE if their nurseries and centres are not allowed to reopen by September.

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