Coronavirus: UAE records 391 new Covid-19 cases

Active cases rise to 7,527 and the national death toll hits 300 as doctors warn against public complacency

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. 05 AUGUST 2020. The DPI Screening facility along the border between Dubai and Abu Dhabi which screens travellers for the COVID-19 virus using a blood sample and laser technology. It is a quick blood test and results are out in a matter of minutes. The first step in the process is pay,ent after which each subject is tested. (Photo: Antonie Robertson/The National) Journalist: Nick Webster. Section: National.

The UAE has recorded 391 new coronavirus cases after an additional 82,191 tests on Friday.

There were 143 recoveries, bringing the national total to 58,296 patients, while one patient died in the past 24 hours.

The new infections take the country’s number of active Covid-19 cases to 7,527 and its national death toll to 370.

 

It was the first time in five days the daily number of cases in the UAE decreased. On Sunday, there were just 210 new cases but daily cases of Covid-19 more than doubled by Thursday.

Health officials have warned that a second wave could be on the way.

The spokesman for NCEMA said in an interview on Thursday that the UAE could bring back stay-at-home orders in some areas if case numbers continue to rise.

Dr Saif Al Dhaheri told Emarat TV that the current increase in daily infections was an indication of “complacency among the public” and urged the public to follow safety measures.

The fine for not wearing a face mask or physical distancing is Dh3,000

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