Coronavirus: new infections still in decline despite high turnout for testing

This year's lowest number of daily Covid-19 cases was reported on Wednesday

The UAE reported 983 new coronavirus cases and 1,583 recoveries on Wednesday.

Officials said two people died in the past 24 hours from virus-related complications.

The country has recorded 712,411 cases, 695,843 recoveries and 2,028 deaths since the first Covid-19 case was detected in the Emirates on January 29 last year.

The lowest number of positive cases detected in 2021 was reported on Wednesday.

Widespread testing and tracing, stringent safety measures and a high vaccination rate are all credited with bringing down daily infections.

Active cases dipped to 13,940 in the country. The total number of PCR tests carried out since the beginning of the outbreak is 73,194,799.

66,210 doses of the vaccine were given in the last 24 hours.

85.33 per cent of the population have now received one dose and 74.79 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the UAE's public schools will stage a staggered return to the classroom.

Half the number of pupils will be present for in-person classes while everyone is expected back the following week.

The Emirates Schools Establishment, the regulator of the UAE's public schools, announced the rules before the start of the new academic year on Sunday, when tens of thousands of pupils are set to return to the classroom.

The rules are intended to curb the spread of Covid-19 while ensuring a safe path back to school.

Updated: August 25th 2021, 12:13 PM