Coronavirus: UAE reports 1,115 new cases and 1,544 recoveries

Officials say more than 70 million tests have been carried out since pandemic began

The UAE reported 1,115 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

The number of daily infections went up slightly after 1,109 cases were reported on Monday – the lowest tally since the beginning of this year.

But daily infection numbers have been less than 1,300 for a week.

The figures on Tuesday were released after 247,213 PCR tests were carried out in the 24-hour reporting period.

Officials said more than 70 million tests have carried out in the UAE since the beginning of the pandemic.

The daily caseload brings the total number of infections to 704,000.

Three patients died overnight, pushing the death toll to 2,006.

Another 1,544 people beat the virus and the total number of recoveries reached 682,809.

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The UAE embarked on a nationwide vaccination campaign in December 2020 and more than 17.3 million vaccine doses have been administered.

Two dedicated medical centres in Abu Dhabi have been set up to vaccinate pupils and school staff in time for the new school term.

New teachers, pupils and school employees can also have a shot, even if they have not yet received their Emirates IDs.

Updated: August 17th 2021, 10:42 AM