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Drop in UAE Covid-19 cases does not signal return to normal life

UAE reported 603 new cases on Wednesday, taking total number up to 40,507

Drop in UAE Covid-19 cases does not signal return to normal life

Dr Al Shamsi also emphasised the importance of vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing diseases, to avoid public places.

Dr Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson of the UAE Government, has warned that any drop in daily reported cases of coronavirus does not mean that the worst is over in the country.

While the country is gradually opening up again after an intense period of lockdown, enforced to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, Dr Al Shamsi stressed that this did not signal a return to normal life.

She said: "Those signs (a drop in the number of new cases) may reflect the positive outcome for the strict precautionary measures and the efficiency of our healthcare system. However, it is very difficult to draw any conclusions at this time because we need longer periods to trace the numbers of infections and recoveries and to ensure viability of precautionary measures taken with the partial ease of some measures."

It comes as it was revealed on Wednesday that more than 47,000 additional Covid-19 tests had been carried out, resulting in the detection of 603 new cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 40,507.

Dr Al Shamsi also revealed that a further person had died as a result of Covid-19, with the death toll in the country now standing at 284.

It was noted that an additional 1,277 individuals have fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to more than 24,000.

There are currently 16,206 patients in the UAE receiving treatment for the virus.

"Tests are conducted daily at the Covid-19 test centres and mobile drive-thru Covid-19 screening centres across the UAE, which are equipped according to the highest standards and run by highly qualified and well trained staff and volunteers," she added.

Dr Al Shamsi also emphasised the importance of vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing diseases, to avoid public places.

“The UAE Government has given a priority to the elderly citizens and residents and focussed its precautionary and preventive measures to care for them and to ensure their wellbeing,” she said.

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