Coronavirus: UAE reports 1,550 new cases and 1,508 recoveries

Authorities report five deaths in the past 24 hours

The UAE reported 1,550 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, raising the country's total number of infections to 677,801.

The cases were identified from 302,236 PCR tests carried out across the country over the past 24 hours.

Health officials have conducted more than 65.3 million tests since the outbreak began.

Authorities said a further 1,508 people beat the virus, pushing the total recoveries to 655,183.

Five patients died, taking the death toll to 1,939.

There are 20,679 active cases in the country.

Daily case numbers have been below 1,600 since July 4.

At least 77.85 per cent of the UAE population have received one Covid-19 vaccine dose, while 68.75 per cent are fully vaccinated. Health officials said 16,645,208 vaccine doses have been administered.

In other developments, Abu Dhabi residents who test positive for Covid-19 will be given sotrovimab, a life-saving drug, soon after their diagnosis if they are at risk of developing serious symptoms.

A new protocol means people with underlying health issues, for example, are given an IV drip at one of a network of first-response clinics.

The assessment is made when Covid-positive patients report to collect a wrist band at one of the centres. They are assessed by a doctor and may be given other medication to help to alleviate symptoms.

Between June 30 and July 13, 6,175 patients in the UAE received sotrovimab.

Updated: July 29th 2021, 12:53 PM