Coronavirus: UAE records 2,160 new cases as administered vaccine doses pass seven million

Total doses given is 7.12 million, which represents 72.03 doses per 100 people

The UAE on Friday recorded 2,160 new cases of coronavirus after 239,268 tests were carried out.

Four people died, taking the death toll to 1,428.

Authorities said 2,391 people recovered from the virus, bringing total recoveries to 418,496.

There are 16,701 active cases and the total number of recorded infections is 436,625.

More than 34.91 million tests have been carried out to date.

Case numbers have fallen significantly since late January, when about 4,000 infections were recorded on most days.

The reduction coincided with one of the fastest vaccination programmes in the world.

Authorities on Friday said 143,680 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were given in the past 24 hours, with the total number of doses given now 7.12 million. This represents 72.03 doses per 100 people.

The UAE earlier in the week said it had vaccinated half the country’s population – two weeks before its target date.

Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, said at the weekly coronavirus briefing that 52.46 per cent of the population was immunised.