UAE reports 2,959 new Covid-19 cases and 14 deaths

The new figures followed one of the biggest days for testing to date

A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample from a man at the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Dubai on February 28, 2021.  / AFP / Karim SAHIB

The UAE reported 2,959 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, with a further 14 deaths.

In its daily coronavirus update, the government said 1,901 patients had been given the all-clear.

The update also showed 242,159 people had been tested – marking one of the biggest days for screening to date.

Weekend figures for testing are typically high, as people prepare to travel or get a weekly or fortnightly test as mandated by their employer.

The latest fatalities took the death toll to 1,310.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, 408,236 Covid-19 cases have been recorded, with 391,205 recoveries.

Earlier on Saturday, officials in Dubai told cafes and coffee shops to stop filling babies bottles with milk or water due to the potential risk of spreading the virus.

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