Coronavirus: Covid-19 cases rise again as 931 new infections are recorded

Another 517 people have recovered from the virus while no deaths were reported

The UAE recorded a further rise in Covid-19 cases on Friday, a day after daily figures reached their highest level since May.

Officials confirmed 931 infections, bringing the country's tally to 77,842.

Another 517 people were given the all-clear as the overall recovery tally climbed to 68,462.

The death toll in the Emirates remains at 398 after no additional fatalities linked to the virus were reported.

The latest infections were detected as a result of 75,177 Covid-19 tests.

The UAE has carried out close to 8 million tests as part of its mass screening strategy.

The new figures are a slight increase on the 930 cases reported on Thursday, which represented the largest daily tally since May 22.

Officials have called on people to adhere to safety measures, such as wearing masks and physical distancing, and to avoid social gatherings.

Dr Farida Al Hosani, a health sector spokeswoman, said 88 per cent of all infections over the past two weeks were as a result of family and social gatherings.

“This is the highest number of cases in four months. On August 10, we had only 179 new infections but in just a month, we have exceeded 900,” said Dr Al Hosani.

“This is a five-fold increase and it requires us to do a self-assessment.”

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