Coronavirus: UAE reports 3,025 new Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths

Active cases fall to 5,421 – a figure last recorded 15 weeks ago before the latest surge in infections

The UAE reported 3,025 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, raising the total number of infections to 381,662.

Recoveries exceeded new cases for the 15th consecutive day with 4,678 people cleared of the virus.

This reduced the number of active cases to 5,421 – a figure last recorded 15 weeks ago, before the Christmas holiday, after which there was a surge in infections.

The recovery total is 375,059, indicating that 98 per cent of all infections have ended in an all-clear for patients.

Eighteen patients died on Thursday, taking the death toll to 1,182. At least 332 people have died of complications related to Covid-19 since February 1 – making this one of the worst months since the outbreak began.

The daily cases were identified after another 195,866 tests were conducted. The UAE has carried out more than 30 million PCR and DPI tests to date.

Laboratories across the Emirates process tens of thousands of tests a day and those in Abu Dhabi have also begun accepting PCR samples from other countries.

The Department of Health Abu Dhabi said the emirate was supporting international testing by processing up to 10,000 samples a day from around the world.

The authority did not reveal which countries were sending samples to the UAE, or if the service was available only for international passengers or any one who wishes to be tested.

"Recent developments in the global pandemic resulted in an increased demand for quality and timely testing. For this reason, Abu Dhabi has stepped in to support international testing efforts by providing laboratory analysis of Covid-19 samples from outside the UAE,” the department said.

“The UAE is one of the top countries worldwide in terms of PCR testing capacity, number of tests conducted per capita, as well as the total number of daily laboratory tests for Covid-19 per capita.”

The country is also among the top for administering Covid-19 vaccines per capita.

More than 5.8 million shots have been administered since the immunisation drive was launched in December. After another 84,573 doses were administered since Wednesday, the rate of vaccination has risen to 59.11 doses per 100 people.

Updated: February 25, 2021 07:31 PM

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