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UAE announces 490 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths

To date, over 2,000 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in the UAE

UAE announces 490 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths

During the briefing, Dr. Al Shamsi reminded residents that exchanging food items this Ramadan is discouraged.


UAE authorities have detected an additional 490 Covid-19 patients, bringing the total number of new cases to 10,839, according to a government spokesperson.

In a briefing to the media, UAE government spokesperson Dr Amna Al Dahhak Al Shamsi said six more people died from the disease. The UAE’s death toll from the virus now stands at 82.

Additionally, 112 patients recovered. To date, 2,090 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the virus in the country.

During the briefing, Dr. Al Shamsi reminded residents that exchanging food items this Ramadan is discouraged.

The distribution of home-cooked meals to members of the community is prohibited unless conducted through approved charitable organisations.

Healthy lifestyle

Officials speaking at the press conference also noted that a common thread among Covid-19 patients in the country is that those who were leading a healthy lifestyle previously recovered better than those who did not.

“The study has shown that living a healthy life can help the elderly avoid illness and infection,” said Dr Ali Singel, general health advisor for Dubai Police. “This is what we observed during the coronavirus crisis when many healthy old people overcome the virus more effectively.”

Only four in every 1,000 people living a healthy lifestyle suffered from complications related to Covid-19.

“Excess weight exposes a person to future diseases,” he added. “We noticed that children suffer from obesity due to excessive eating and lack of exercise. If we do not monitor their actions and their promises to be active and eat healthy, they can be exposed to chronic diseases, such as diabetes.”

Globally, there have been more than 3 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, including over 211,000 deaths. Over 922,000 people have recovered from the virus.

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