Coronavirus: UAE reports 72 new cases from 264,815 tests

No deaths were reported for the fourth consecutive day

The UAE reported 72 new coronavirus cases and 92 recoveries on Friday.

Health officials said the latest cases were identified from 264,815 tests.

No deaths were reported for the fourth consecutive day.

The Emirates has recorded 740,801 infections, 735,362 recoveries and 2,142 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Daily cases have remained below 100 in the past few weeks – 98.86 per cent of the country's population have received a dose of the vaccine, while 88.78 per cent are fully vaccinated.

To date, the UAE has administered more than 21.5 million vaccine doses since December last year when the country embarked on a nationwide inoculation campaign.

More than 96 million tests have been conducted since the outbreak began at the end of January 2020, as part of the Emirates' testing and tracing programme.

A "second generation" of Covid-19 vaccines are undergoing clinical trials, raising hope that nasal sprays and oral medicine could be used alongside injections to tackle the disease.

The World Health Organisation's chief scientist, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, said the new types of vaccine could have advantages over the present crop because they would be easier to deliver than injections and could even be self-administered.

More than 50 per cent of the world's population has received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine so far.

Updated: November 12th 2021, 11:59 AM