UAE conducts 47,000 tests; 683 fresh cases recorded


ABU DHABI — The UAE recorded 683 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 51,540. Officials announced a further 440 people had recovered from the virus across the country as this tally moved to 40,297.

Three more people died from COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, said the ministry of health, bringing the death toll to 321.

Authorities revealed an additional 47,000 tests had been carried out as part of the UAE’s mass screening strategy.

Also, the country announced the merger of several ministries and departments in a drive to create a more agile and responsive government.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, set out a new structure for several public institutions.

“Our goal from the structural changes are for a government quicker in its decision-making ... effectively adjusts with changes ... better in seizing opportunities in dealing with this new phase in history – an agile government and quick in solidifying the achievement of our nation,” he wrote on Twitter. — Agencies