|22 May, 2020

Coronavirus: UAE reports 994 new Covid-19 cases, 1,043 recoveries

The authorities urged public to avoid social gatherings and follow social distancing guidelines.

People wearing protective face masks wait to be tested, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 20, 2020.

People wearing protective face masks wait to be tested, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 20, 2020.

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The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Friday announced 994 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, as well as 1,043 recoveries.

MoHAP also reported four deaths today.

The new cases were detected through 50,000 more tests.

The ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities during Eid Al Fitr, particularly concerning social distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.

The ministry has also launched a nationwide campaign to encourage people to download the UAE's official Covid-19 testing and contact tracing app - AlHosn UAE. The app also provides residents with access to their test results and a health colour coding system that identifies and allows individuals that are free from Covid-19 disease to access public spaces.

The UAE government authorities have called upon residents to be responsible this Eid and avoid family gatherings. This year's Eid Al Fitr prayer will be performed at home to ensure safety, as mosques across the country will remain closed due to the precautionary measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. The authorities urged public to avoid social gatherings and follow social distancing guidelines.

While, most of the hypermarkets and supermarkets across Dubai will remain open as usual, leading grocery chains have confirmed.

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