Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 1 June 2020

Coronavirus: 150 new cases in UAE and two deaths

New cases bring UAE's total number to 814

The UAE has announced 150 new cases of coronavirus and the death of two people.

Wednesday's cases bring the country's total number to 814, including 61 recoveries and eight deaths.

All new patients are currently stable and receiving the necessary medical care, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said.

The two deaths included a 62-year-old Asian and a 78-year-old Gulf citizen. Each suffered chronic health conditions, including heart disease.

The ministry said some of the cases were identified during contact tracing while others had caught it during international travel.

On Wednesday, health authorities made an appeal to the public to adhere to the precautionary measures put in place by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Farida Al Hosani, spokeswoman for the UAE health sector, said she had received numerous complaints from elderly members of the community, asking why they could no longer receive visits from their loved ones.

They told her the UAE's regulations against public or private gatherings was causing them to become lonely and feel neglected by their families.

"We feel your pain and we respect your feelings," she said, addressing elderly Emiratis and residents.

"We are doing this because we want to protect you and your loved ones [from Covid-19]. We are physically distant but our hearts are with you.

"This is an extraordinary situation but we hope to pass through it together."

Updated: April 1, 2020 11:21 PM

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