Coronavirus: UAE reports 445 new Covid-19 cases, 568 recoveries, 1 death

More than 51,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out, the health ministry said. 

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Precautionary measures are taken by Swiss Watch Group (Part of International Luxury Group) at its HQ in Dubai South to ensure the health and safety of its employees and clients. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Precautionary measures are taken by Swiss Watch Group (Part of International Luxury Group) at its HQ in Dubai South to ensure the health and safety of its employees and clients. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Maintaining a recovery rate much higher than the global average, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday reported 445 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 568 recoveries.

Recovery rate in the UAE is now at 79.91 per cent, up from 55 per cent last month, while global average stood at 48 per cent.

One new death was also reported.

More than 51,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out, the ministry said.

The UAE has been leading the world in per million Covid-19 tests. With another two million tests in the next 60 days, the country will touch a whopping six million tests by the end of August. The tests will target workers in the services and government sectors, covering public transport and taxi drivers, workers in hotels and malls, as well as government employees.

The number of coronavirus cases in the UAE has dropped sharply from a peak of 900 a day in May, although there has been a new uptick recently to more than 500 cases daily. On Tuesday, Dubai closed a field hospital set up at the World Trade Centre to treat coronavirus cases after the last patient, a Japanese national, walked out in good health.

Meanwhile, Dubai officially welcomed the first batch of foreign tourists on Tuesday with all precautionary measures as they cleared immigration and other travel formalities. After more than three months of travel restrictions, the emirate's tourism sector pulled out all the stops to extend a safe and warm welcome to inbound visitors.

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