Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 31 October 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus: UAE announces 388 new cases of Covid-19

Almost 70 per cent of all recorded cases have recovered since the outbreak

The UAE has identified 388 new cases of coronavirus, raising the total number of infections to 43,752.

More than 40,000 Covid-19 tests were carried out across the country on Thursday, under the UAE's mass testing programme designed to identify, isolate and treat cases early to prevent further infections.

Health officials said 704 patients overcame the virus while three died.

The new figures bring the tallies to 30,241 recoveries and 298 deaths since the outbreak.

The daily number of recoveries in the UAE have exceeded new infections for the ninth consecutive day and 69 per cent of the country's total cases have now overcome the virus.

On Wednesday, authorities said more than three million coronavirus tests had been conducted in the Emirates since January, making it the top nation for per capita screenings.

The milestone came as the country began easing restrictions on international travel, allowing residents and Emiratis to fly to "low-risk" countries, which have yet to be revealed.

A series of safety protocols were outlined to ensure travellers were making their journeys as safely as possible.

Other restrictions also began to ease across the country. The stay home order for the elderly was changed to apply only to people aged over 70, up from 60.

In Dubai, children under 12 can also now visit public areas while the rest of the emirates maintains a ban on that age group, for their safety.

Abu Dhabi also announced the reopening of museums and cultural sites, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Cultural Foundation and Qasr Al Hosn, on June 24.

Updated: June 18, 2020 08:23 PM

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