Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 8 April 2020

Coronavirus latest: UAE reports 300 new cases

The Minister of Health says the country has carried out more than half a million tests

The UAE has carried out more than half a million tests, the Minister of Health said on Wednesday, as confirmed cases climbed to 2,659.

In the country's regular coronavirus briefing, Abdulrahman Al Owais, said the UAE intended to double this figure “during the coming period” as part of a strategy to identify all local cases. On Wednesday the Emirates reported 300 new cases and 53 recoveries.

Today marks 100 days since the World Health Organisation was informed of Chinese patients suffering from pneumonia caused by a mystery virus.

Since then, more than 1.4 million people around the world have been infected by Covid-19 resulting in 82,000 deaths. So far, 301,000 have made a full recovery.

In Europe, EU leaders failed to agree on coronavirus bailout measures after marathon talks.

However, the lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the origin of the pandemic, has been lifted and travel is allowed for the first time since January.

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Updated: April 8, 2020 06:10 PM

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