Coronavirus: UAE reports 998 new Covid-19 cases

Latest figures come after 309,312 tests were carried out across the Emirates

The UAE has reported 998 new Covid-19 cases and another 1,559 recoveries.

There was one death in the past 24 hours as a result of complications related to the virus. The total number of deaths stands at 2,036.

The latest figures bring the total number of infections to 715,394 as cases continue to fall in the country.

The announcement came after 309,312 tests were carried out before schools reopen on Sunday.

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country stands at 12,810 as more than three quarters of the population is fully vaccinated.

Cases have been falling in recent weeks to under 1,000 as mass testing and one of the world's fastest vaccination drives have helped the UAE to successfully curb the virus.

Authorities said 66,572 doses of vaccine were given in the past 24 hours, meaning a total of 18,056,765 doses have now been administered in the UAE.

So far 86.53 per cent of the population has received one dose and 75.59 per cent is fully vaccinated.

A recent study by the University of Oxford found that complications caused by two vaccines, namely the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech shots, are dwarfed by the risks of actually contracting the virus.

Researchers said that for one side effect, thrombocytopenia, where low blood platelet levels increase the chance of bleeding, a coronavirus infection carries almost nine times the risk of taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

“It’s very reassuring on average that if you have the vaccine, you’re much less likely to die from any of these conditions or develop these conditions, but I’m sure we knew that,” said Paul Hunter, a professor in medicine and an infectious diseases specialist at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

Updated: August 28th 2021, 2:51 PM