Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 27 September 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus: UAE records 369 new Covid-19 cases as 395 patients recover

Authorities confirmed two more patients had died after contracting the virus

The UAE reported 369 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 59,546.

A further 395 patients received the all-clear as the country's overall recovery tally climbed to 52,905.

The death toll in the Emirates now stands at 347 after two patients died in the last 24 hours.

The latest infections were identified as a result of 43,622 additional Covid-19 tests being carried out.

More than 4.9 million Covid-19 tests have been conducted nationwide since the outbreak emerged.

The UAE has adopted a mass-screening strategy – at medical facilities, drive-through centres and at people's homes – in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.

On Monday, officials revealed more than 200,000 coronavirus tests had been carried out across Abu Dhabi under a home screening programme that began last month.

The tests were conducted in 15 residential neighbourhoods.

The programme launched in June gave elderly and vulnerable members of society an option to avoid a trip to testing centres. Under the programme, medics visit homes to conduct the test and the results are sent through text messages and also updated on the Al Hosn app.

Meanwhile, authorities are urging the public to act responsibly during Eid Al Adha.

Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, called on Emiratis and residents to uphold physical distancing, wear face masks and maintain good personal hygiene, describing these acts as “a national duty and obligation”.

Updated: July 28, 2020 03:50 PM

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