Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 October 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus: UAE reports 1,100 new cases of Covid-19, highest to date

Despite the highest daily figure so far, recoveries still outstripped new cases with 1,186 patients being cleared of the virus

The UAE recorded 1,100 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the highest daily number of infections to date.

The cases were detected after 105,615 more tests were carried out across the country and raised the tally to 94,190.

Despite the high figure, recoveries still outstripped new infections with 1,186 patients being cleared of the virus. This brought the country's total recoveries to 83,724.

And three patients died of complications related to the coronavirus, raising the country's toll to 419.

Currently, at least 10,047 patients are battling the virus. To date, almost 89 per cent of all cases have ended in recovery.

The country's robust approach to screening has seen it carry out more than 9.7 million tests since the outbreak.

On Wednesday, Dubai Economy inspectors fined five businesses and warned three others on Tuesday for breaking health and safety measures – including workers not wearing protective masks.

Businesses in Nadd Al Hammar, Port Saeed and Naif were inspected, with employees working in retail, air-conditioning installation, wholesale trading and the textile and fabric industries found not wearing face masks.

In the first two weeks of September, police handed out more than 24,000 fines for breaking rules designed to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Most of those were given to people either without masks or to those wearing them incorrectly, around their chin or under the nose. People in Dubai were responsible for most of the offence.

Updated: October 1, 2020 01:13 PM

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