Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 October 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus live: Increase in UAE infections 'expected' as globe continues to combat virus

Over the past week, the UAE seven-day average in new infections has rise from about 1,100 to almost 1,400

An increase in UAE infections over the past week was expected and in line with a global pattern of trying to gradually return to normal life, UAE officials said on Tuesday.

Over the past week, the UAE seven-day average has rise from about 1,100 to almost 1,400 after health authorities carried out about 760,000 tests. The UAE reported 1,077 new cases of the coronavirus, alongside 1,502 recoveries and four deaths on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar expects the global economy to have a "long U" shaped recovery and be on a better footing by June of next year.

“I am optimistic..by next year June, we could be in much better shape than we are,” Mr Alabbar said at the Annual Investment Meeting.

Globally, coronavirus cases have passed 40.4 million, with many countries reporting record-high numbers over past weeks. The world death toll is nearing 1.2 million while recoveries have passed 27.7 million.

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Updated: October 20, 2020 08:02 PM