Coronavirus: UAE records 254 new cases as 494 patients recover

The Emirates conducted 54,000 additional tests in the past 24 hours

The UAE recorded 254 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the number of infections to 57,988.

Officials announced a further 494 patients had beaten the virus as the recovery tally moved to 50,848.

No deaths were reported. The death toll stands at 342.

The Emirates conducted 54,000 additional tests in the past 24 hours.

More than 4.5 million tests have been carried out in the country since the outbreak began, as part of a mass screening strategy to identify cases early and limit the spread of the virus.

The UAE has brought in mandatory testing for all airline passengers travelling to the country to limit the spread of the virus.

Travellers must be screened in their country of origin and present their negative test at check-in desks before flying to the Emirates.

The new system will be in place from August 1.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (Ncema) said the rules applied to "all Emiratis, residents, and tourists, arriving via the country's airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from", in a statement on state news agency Wam.

The rules also apply for all transit passengers passing through the UAE.

Keeping in line with the precautionary measures, all Eid prayers should be performed at home, said Saif Al Dhaheri, the spokesman for the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (Ncema) said on Wednesday.

Mr Al Dhaheri said people should avoid visiting family and friends over Eid.

He said people should avoid giving gifts and money to children as eidiyah. They should instead use electronic alternatives to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

No one should visit pregnant women, children or those with chronic diseases and underlying health conditions.

They should also avoid going out to public places, said Mr Al Dhaheri.

He said maids and domestic helpers should not be allowed to meet anyone outside the home.

Updated: July 23, 2020 02:13 PM

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