Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 6 August 2020

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Coronavirus: UAE records 239 new cases as 360 patients recover

No further deaths were confirmed as more than 42,000 tests were carried out

The UAE confirmed 239 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the country's total to 60,999.

A further 360 people recovered from the virus, pushing the overall tally to 54,615.

Officials recorded no new deaths linked to Covid-19 over the past 24 hours.

The death toll in the Emirates stands at 351.

It is the second day in row that the UAE has announced zero deaths of coronavirus patients in a given daily reporting period.

Official figures show there have no additional deaths linked to the pathogen in four of the past nine days.

The statistics continue an encouraging trend across the Emirates over recent weeks.

On July 15, the UAE reported its first day without a Covid-19 death since April 18.

The UAE recorded its first cases of the coronavirus on January 29, when four members of a family tested positive after returning from Wuhan during the Chinese New Year’s holiday.

The country's first deaths were announced on March 21.

They were a 78-year-old Arab citizen who had returned from Europe and an Asian citizen, 58.

The latest infections were identified after a further 42,428 tests were conducted.

As of Sunday, the UAE has carried out more than 5.1 million tests since the outbreak began as part of a mass screening strategy aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

There are 6,033 active cases across the Emirates.

The number of coronavirus infections across the globe has crossed 18 million.

More than 689,000 people have died after contracting Covid-19, while more than 11.3 million people have been given the all-clear.

Updated: August 2, 2020 03:14 PM

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