By Gavin Gibbon
Increasing numbers of cases linked to the intensified screening measures
There have been more than one million tests for coronavirus throughout the UAE, according to the Minister of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).
Just a week after plans were announced by the UAE Government to intensify the screening process for the deadly Covid-19 virus, the country has revealed a total of 1,022,326 tests.
These have been carried out at various hospitals and medical facilities across the seven emirates as well as at 14 mobile drive-through sites and dedicated services for people of determination.
Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), paid tribute to the efforts of the medical professionals in helping make the UAE one of the highest testing countries per head of population in the world.
He said: "Even during the holy month of Ramadan, the working hours of our medical teams have not changed, and they are continuing their work with more determination to ensure public health and safety.
"The more tests we conduct, the earlier we detect more cases, and the more efficiently we can contain the virus. The more tests we perform, the more proactive we can handle those proven to be in contact with confirmed cases, as well as those who don’t exhibit any symptoms and yet carry the infection.
"It is normal that we detect more cases when we accelerate screening. And herein we would like to reassure the public that this increase in the number of patients is expected and proves that we are on the right path to contain the spread of the virus."
There are currently 9,813 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE, which includes 1,887 people who have recovered from the infection. To date, there have been 71 Covid-19-related deaths.