Coronavirus: UAE urged to embrace virtual Eid celebrations to avoid spreading Covid-19 virus

The message to all those celebrating the holy month was to congratulate each other online

Do not gather with people outside of your household to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, said Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, official spokesman of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA).

Instead, congratulations should be shared online.

NCEMA's Covid-19 briefing on Tuesday continued to urge residents to take precautionary measures and avoid social gatherings, and reiterated that food should not be exchanged among friends and neighbours.

Dr Saif Al Dhaheri. WAM

It was also advised to continue wearing masks and implement physical distancing while sitting with the elderly and people with chronic illnesses.

Dr Al Dhaheri stressed the importance of taking the vaccine, stating it is the responsibility of the individual to protect the community.

"The number of tests have reached 54 million and this is an achievement for the UAE. The UAE works day after day affirming that it is a global example in successfully managing this crisis," he said.

The UAE recorded 1,699 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 527,266.

The number of new cases is the lowest since January 3, when 1,501 were reported.

Another 1,686 people beat the virus, taking the recovery tally to 507,706.

The death toll now stands at 1,598, following two more fatalities during the 24-hour reporting period.

Authorities have deployed a widespread testing regimen, strict safety measures and one of the world's fastest vaccination drives to curb the pandemic.

Because of this, cases have dropped significantly after reaching close to 4,000 a day in January.

The UAE has administered 10.6 million vaccine doses – which represents a rate of 107.85 doses per 100 people.

Authorities called on the public to ensure they are vaccinated to support the country's fight against the virus.

Elsewhere, a fourth UAE aircraft loaded with Covid-19 vaccines has arrived in Syria's capital Damascus, state news agency Wam reported.

The shipment was dispatched by the Emirates Red Crescent, in co-ordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Association, to assist the country's health sector in curbing the pandemic.

It also aims to protect frontline workers in Syria, along with people suffering from chronic diseases and those displaced in camps.

Previous shipments of the vaccine were sent to the country before Ramadan.

Syria has been suffering from more than 10 years of conflict and is also dealing with the pandemic.

The aid is part of the UAE's global response to the coronavirus, which has seen the country send aid shipments to scores of countries around the world.