Coronavirus: UAE reports 3,491 new cases on eighth day of record daily infections

Active cases are at an all-time high with 27,792 currently battling the coronavirus

The UAE reported 3,491 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday – the highest number of daily infections for the eighth consecutive day.

The infections were detected after another 163,049 tests were carried out.

The new cases raised the country's total since the pandemic began to 260,223 .

Of these, 231,675 patients have recovered, after 3,311 more were cleared of the virus.

Five people died of related complications over the past 24 hours, increasing the country's toll to 756.

The number of active cases now stands at 27,792 – the highest since the outbreak.

More than 23.7 million PCR and DPI tests have been carried out across the UAE since January.

Case numbers have been rising around the world, as well as within the UAE.

Health authorities previously said this was due to internal infections as well as travellers into the Emirates carrying Covid-19.

Two vaccines are available for free and on a voluntary basis in the UAE.

China's Sinopharm vaccine is widely available across the Emirates, while the Pfizer-BioNTech jab has been rolled out in Dubai.

Since the country began its vaccination drive, 1.97m doses have been administered.

That is the equivalent of 19.93 doses administered per 100 people in the total population.

On Tuesday, a survey of 1,200 people in the UAE found that, since the outbreak, employees want better health insurance with a greater focus on physical and mental wellbeing.

Two-thirds of respondents wanted employers to increase their spending on policies, with 76 per cent calling for more "comprehensive coverage".

The poll was carried out by Aetna International, a health insurer.

Updated: January 19, 2021 04:43 PM

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