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UAE announces 941 new Covid-19 cases, 1,108 recoveries

The rise in cases is a result of widespread testing which catches cases early, according to UAE officials

UAE announces 941 new Covid-19 cases, 1,108 recoveries

Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, the official spokesperson for the UAE Government.

The UAE detected 941 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, which officials attribute to widespread testing that detects many cases early on.

The UAE’s total number of infections now stands at 26,004.

On Wednesday, the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that an additional 1,108 also recovered from the virus.

Six additional deaths were also reported, bringing the UAE’s total number of deaths to 233.

According to health sector spokesperson Dr. Amna Al Shamsi, 13,962 people of various nationalities are currently being treated in hospital.

Why cases are increasing

During the press conference, Dr. Farida Al Hosani said that the rise in cases is largely a result of widespread testing, while the rise in recoveries is a result of multiple factors, including the adoption of state-of-the-art plasma treatments and intensified screenings.

“The third factor is increasing the occupancy of medical facilities, by dedicating a large number of hospitals, medical centres to treat patients after equipping them with all required human and technical resources,” she added.

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Additionally, Dr. Al Hosani credited the “availability of qualified human cadres, advanced medical equipment and sufficient medical reserves.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming Eid holiday, Dr. Al Hosani warned UAE residents to exercise caution to prevent the further spread of the disease.

“We have to re-consider our life choices in a way that ensures protection for our beloved ones,” she said. “We are used to interacting with each other during Eid and gather together as families and friends. However, the current conditions entail a reconsideration of some aspects of our life.”

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