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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 2 March 2021

Coronavirus: UAE daily cases drop below 3,000 for first time in weeks as record 220,000 doses given

More than 4,000 daily recoveries were recorded in latest reporting period

The UAE's reported coronavirus caseload fell below 3,000 for the first time in three weeks as the second highest daily death toll to date was recorded.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention reported 2,948 cases on Sunday, taking the total to 303,609.

Twelve people died after contracting coronavirus, raising the death toll in the Emirates to 850.

It is a second day running that 12 deaths of Covid-19 patients have been announced.

A record-high 13 deaths were reported on May 10 of last year.

A further 4,189 patients overcame the virus as the recovery tally climbed to 276,958.

The latest infections were detected as a result of 184,260 tests.

More than 25.7 million tests have been conducted nationwide since the outbreak began.

The number of active cases in the UAE fell to 25,801.

Sunday's figures represented the lowest number of daily infections since January 11, when 2,404 cases were recorded.

After that date, authorities reported a record-high number of infections for 17 days in a row, hitting a peak of 3,966 cases on Thursday, January 28.

Infection rates have since fallen for three days in a row.

Private hospitals across Dubai have stepped up efforts to combat the pandemic as case numbers surged since the start of the year.

Isolation wards are being set up, copying the response during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak last March.

An immunisation drive is also under way.

The National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said on Sunday the UAE had administered 220,000 doses over the previous 24 hours - the highest rate in the inoculation drive so far. The UAE is now second in the world in terms of doses administered per 100 people.

More than 3.3 million doses of vaccine have been administered since the campaign started last month.

The UAE aims to inoculate half of its population by the end of March.

Updated: January 31, 2021 09:50 PM


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