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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 8 March 2021

Coronavirus: UAE reports 1,315 new Covid-19 cases in highest ever daily infections

Recoveries have crossed 100,000 as 1,452 more patients are cleared of virus

Another 1,315 cases of Covid-19 were reported across the UAE on Tuesday, in the highest recorded daily cases to date.

The cases were recorded after 96,989 more screenings were conducted, of which 1.4 per cent were positive for the virus.

New patients are stable and receiving the appropriate medical attention, authorities said. The previous highest number of daily cases was 1,231 on October 3.

These new cases brought the total to 108,608, of which 8,153 are active.

Another 1,452 patients were cleared of the virus on Tuesday, taking the total number of recoveries to 100,007.

And two patients died of complications related to the coronavirus, raising the death toll to 448.

The UAE has conducted more than 11 million Covid-19 tests since the outbreak, making it the first country to carry out more virus screenings than its total population.

On Tuesday, the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Obaid Al Shamsi, director general of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, said the UAE had gone to great lengths to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the public.

"We are proud to be among the ranks of developed nations in our response to crises," Mr Al Shamsi said.

Describing the pandemic as a "storm that hit all countries", he said the UAE worked quickly for a strategy to tackle the outbreak, which required co-operation across government sectors and with private businesses.

"This created a path which led to safety, so that the UAE society was able to enjoy peace and stability," Mr Al Shamsi said.

He said responsibility was also on the public and companies to adhere to safety regulations.

As case numbers began rising again in late August, authorities launched a campaign to enforce these measures.

On Tuesday, Dubai Economy inspectors fined 11 shops for breaching safety measures.

Nine were penalised because their staff were not "committed to wearing face masks", while the remaining two were found not adhering to physical distancing.

The shops were in Al Nahda, Al Rigga, Al Khabaisi and Hor Al Anz East.

Inspectors also issued warnings to two other businesses for not sticking physical distancing signs on the floor to prompt staff and customers to keep two metres between them.

At least 685 shops selling air-conditioning systems, clothes and security devices were found to be in full compliance with the regulations.

Updated: October 14, 2020 02:35 AM

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