UAE conducts 63,792 tests, detects 239 new corona cases

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No new deaths were reported in the UAE on Saturday. The virus-related death toll in the country currently stands at 356. — Courtesy photo
No new deaths were reported in the UAE on Saturday. The virus-related death toll in the country currently stands at 356. — Courtesy photo

ABU DHABI — The UAE detected 239 new cases of the novel coronavirus after conducting 63,792 tests during the past 24 hours. It brings the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 62,300, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Saturday.

No new deaths were reported, the ministry added. The virus-related death toll in the country currently stands at 356.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries rose to 56,245 after 230 people had recovered from the coronavirus.

The UAE's Health Minister and Prevention Abdul Rahman Al-Owais said on Thursday that there has been a 30 percent increase in new coronavirus cases among UAE citizens during the last few days, according to state news agency WAM.

He said some citizens have “become lax in following prevention measures and not adhering to safety and physical distancing rules in gatherings and during social visits,” WAM reported.

About 5,000 volunteers in Abu Dhabi received their first jabs of an experimental vaccine being developed by China's Sinopharm. A sense of nationwide pride and shared commitment has led to over 80 nationalities in the community to volunteer, inspired by the UAE leadership's commitment to overcoming the pandemic through a global collaborative effort. — Agencies


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