Coronavirus: UAE reports 83 Covid-19 cases, 142 recoveries, no deaths

Over 197.6 million PCR tests have been conducted in the country so far

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Published: Fri 16 Dec 2022, 2:38 PM

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Friday reported 83 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 142 recoveries and no deaths.

Total active cases stand at 16,552.

The new cases were detected through 27,773 additional tests

The total number of cases in UAE as on December 16 are 1,045,978, while total recoveries stand at 1,027,167. The death toll now stands at 2,348.

Over 197.62 million PCR tests have been conducted in the country so far.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said it hoped that Covid-19 would no longer be a public health emergency in 2023, as it urged China to share information that could pinpoint how the pandemic started.

As the third anniversary of the original outbreak rolls around, the WHO said the virus was here to stay, but would need managing alongside other respiratory illnesses.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the weekly Covid death toll was now around a fifth of what it was a year ago — but was still far too high.

"Last week, less than 10,000 people lost their lives. That's still 10,000 too many and there is still a lot that all countries can do to save lives," he told a press conference.

"But we have come a long way. We are hopeful that at some point next year, we will be able to say that Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency."

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