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UAE, Bahrain report new surges in coronavirus cases

UAE on Monday announces 14 new infections while Bahrain reports 24 fresh cases of Covid-19

UAE, Bahrain report new surges in coronavirus cases

The UAE on Monday recorded 14 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total to 59, while Bahrain also announced a new surge as case numbers exceeded 100 in the Gulf kingdom.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM that the cases involved four Emiratis, three Italians, two Bangladeshis, two Nepalese, a Russian, an Indian and a Syrian national.

It added that the latest cases were discovered following an "active and continuous investigation" and the testing of those who came in contact with previously confirmed infected individuals who were quarantined.

The ministry also affirmed that UAE authorities have spared no effort in monitoring the spread of the virus in the country since the outbreak initiated in China.

The ministry also announced the "full recovery" of five further cases from the coronavirus following hospitalisation.

Two Emiratis, two Ethiopians, and a Thai national are the latest to recover from the virus, bringing to 12 the total recovered cases in the country.

As of Monday, global coronavirus cases had exceeded 111,000 with 3,882 deaths.

Elsewhere in the Gulf region, Bahrain reported 24 new cases as total infections totalled 109 while Kuwait cases stood at 65, an increase of one. Oman has 16 reported cases, one more than Saudi Arabia.

The UAE ministry added that several precautionary measures have been put in place, including the installation of detection thermal imaging systems and health checks at the country's border entry points, and isolating confirmed and suspected cases.

"The ministry and local health authorities recommend members of the community to adopt healthy habits that help protect individuals from infectious diseases, including washing hands well with soap and water, and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs and viruses," the statement said.

People with respiratory symptoms were also advised to avoid mixing in crowded places.

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