Coronavirus: UAE records 1,269 new cases of Covid-19

Authorities said three people died, raising the death toll to 547

The UAE reported 1,269 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, taking the country's total infections to 156,523

Since Thursday, 840 patients have recovered, adding to a tally of 147,309

And authorities said three people died raising the death toll to 547.

Active cases stand at 8,667 after dropping to below 2,000 at the start of November.

Friday's cases were identified from another 129,558 tests carried out across the country.

The UAE has conducted more than 15.5 million Covid-19 tests since the first cases were reported in January.

As the country approaches its holiday season, beginning with Commemoration Day on December 1, authorities have urged the public to abide by safety measures.

The pandemic will require residents to put safety first when the country unites for National Day on December 2, officials said.

"We stress the importance of adhering to the precautionary and preventive measures guide for various activities in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic," a government spokesman said.

Key guidelines were set out for holiday celebrations, including a limit on gatherings for firework displays, the cancellation of workplace parties and the need for official approval for the hosting of music concerts and other live events.