Coronavirus: UAE reports 1,215 Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

The UAE has conducted nearly 11.7mln tests till date

  
A medical worker wearing a protective suit and face mask is seen at the Biogenix Laboratories, which performs COVID-19 detection tests in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 6, 2020.

A medical worker wearing a protective suit and face mask is seen at the Biogenix Laboratories, which performs COVID-19 detection tests in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 6, 2020.

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The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday reported 1,215 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,162 recoveries. Four deaths were also reported.

As many as 115,293 new Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total to over 11.7 million tests till date.

Even as doctors in the UAE pin hopes on two Covid-19 vaccines being trialled in the country, they have cautioned residents against relying solely on them. It will take time for the masses to get immunised if and when a vaccine is approved, they said, urging residents to not lower their guards. Dr Dirar Abdallah, consultant internal medicine and chair of medicine, Prime Hospital, Dubai, explained: "Even when the vaccine does come, I don't think these (safety precautionary) instructions (against the spread of Covid-19) will change for a long time. We will have to continue to follow those until most of the community is immunised by the vaccine. So up until that time - which will easily be a year or two from now - we should be mindful of the fact that the virus is around us."

Meanwhile, Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth Development in UAE, has been added to the list of ministers receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in the country. The minister posted a picture of herself receiving the vaccine on her official Instagram account, while praising the nurse who administered it to her. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, also received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, October 16. "Corona vaccination is our way to return to normal life," Sheikh Abdullah said in a post shared on his official Twitter account. In the photo, a healthcare worker is seen injecting the vaccine into the arm of the minister.

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