Coronavirus: UAE records 421 new Covid-19 cases as 63,000 tests are carried out

Authorities confirmed 490 more people had recovered from the virus while one patient died

The UAE recorded 421 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 48,667.

Officials announced a further 490 people had recovered from the virus across the country as this tally moved to 37,566.

One patient died after contracting Covid-19, pushing the death toll in the Emirates to 315.

Authorities revealed an additional 63,000 tests had been carried out as part of the UAE's mass screening strategy.

Close to 3.5 million tests have been conducted in the Emirates since the outbreak began.

Restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 continue to be eased across the country.

Places of worship will reopen across the UAE as of Wednesday, July 1, authorities announced on Monday.

During a regular media briefing, officials said safety measures would be in place to ensure worshippers are kept safe.

Mosques, temples and churches were closed on March 16 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

On Monday, Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesman for the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management, said most mosques would reopen for daily prayers but Friday prayers were not yet permitted.

Last week, officials lifted night-time stay-home orders after a three-month sterilisation campaign was completed.

Businesses have begun to welcome staff back to offices while plans are in place for schools to reopen in September.