UAE announces 1,317 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths in last 24 hours

Ministry of Health and Prevention conducted 132,380 additional COVID-19 tests

  
A member of medical staff wearing protective equipment swabs a man during testing, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 20, 2020.

A member of medical staff wearing protective equipment swabs a man during testing, 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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ABU DHABI - The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, announced that it conducted 132,380 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.

As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 1,317 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 172,751.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and are receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced five deaths due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 585.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 655 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 157,035.

© Copyright Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2020.

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