Coronavirus: UAE records lowest number of new Covid-19 cases for more than three months

The UAE's total of 211 fresh cases is the lowest recorded since April 2

Latest: UAE reports 305 Covid-19 cases

The UAE reported 211 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, its lowest daily tally for more than three months.

The new infections bring the country's total to 56,922 .

Authorities said 352 more patients had recovered from the virus, pushing the Emirates' overall total to 49,269.

One more person died, taking the death toll to 339.

The number of new cases recorded nationwide fell below 300 for the fifth consecutive day.

The latest figures represent the lowest rise in cases since 210 new cases were identified on April 2.

It is another key milestone in the country's fight against the pandemic.

Last Wednesday, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, praised frontline medics after officials announced there had been no deaths connected to the virus on this day.

Officials were buoyed when zero deaths linked to the virus were also reported on Thursday.

More than 4.5 million tests have been conducted in the UAE since the coronavirus outbreak emerged.

On Saturday, Emirati officials said 5,000 people in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain had signed up to take part in a clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine.

The UAE trial is a partnership between Sinopharm, a Chinese vaccine manufacturer, Abu Dhabi-based AI and cloud computing company Group 42 and Abu Dhabi's health department.

The UAE was chosen as it is home to about 200 nationalities. The effect of a potential vaccine on multiple ethnic groups is an important part of its development.

It is hoped 15,000 people in the Emirates will eventually be part of the three-to-six month process.

Globally, the battle to limit the spread of the virus remains far from over.

The number of new Covid-19 cases rose nearly 260,000 in 24 hours, the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began, the World Health Organisation said on Saturday.

More than 14.3 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and just over 602,000 have died from Covid-19, according to official figures.

Updated: July 21, 2020 05:36 PM

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