Coronavirus: UAE reports 2,483 new Covid-19 infections as active cases rise above 17,000

New cases outstripped recoveries for an 11th consecutive day

The UAE reported 2,483 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, taking the overall tally of infections to 413,332.

There were 1,857 new recoveries, raising the number of patients who have beaten the virus to 394,649.

A further 181,571 tests were carried out over the past 24 hours. More than 32.4 million tests have been done since the first case was detected on January 29, 2020.

The number of active cases increased to 17,348, as new cases exceeded recoveries for a 11th consecutive day. Active cases dropped to 5,421 on February 25, after a spike of 27,054 on January 30.

Health officials reported an additional 13 deaths, pushing the country's toll to 1,335.

The highest number of deaths in one month were recorded in February with 375 patients dying of Covid-related complications. This was more than double the previous record month, which was 173 deaths in January.

To date, almost 6.29m doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered across the country. Another 14,742 of these were administered in the preceding 24 hours raising the rate of vaccine distribution to 63.57 doses per 100 people.

On Monday, Abu Dhabi extended its "green list" of countries and destinations from which travellers can enter the emirate without the need to quarantine on arrival. Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Kazakhstan have been included in the emirate's most recent update.

Travellers from "green" destinations do not need to quarantine once they receive a negative test result. Anyone flying into Abu Dhabi from any country not on the list must self-isolate for 10 days.

While vaccines like Sinopharm, Pfizer-BionTech, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca have become household names, there are dozens more that are awaiting approval from regulators.

Here's a look at the next wave of Covid-19 vaccines that will soon become as familiar, as nations step up efforts to overcome the pandemic.

Updated: March 8, 2021 09:47 PM

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