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UAE says Covid-19 spike due to 'negligence', as it reveals 2 million tests target

Spike in cases over weekend blamed on 'negligence' from individuals failing to adhere to guidelines

UAE says Covid-19 spike due to 'negligence', as it reveals 2 million tests target

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

The UAE Government has vowed to conduct over two million Covid-19 tests throughout the next two months to further curb the spread of the virus.

Dr. Amna Al-Dahhak Al-Shamsi, official spokesperson, revealed the increased testing will include those working in public-facing roles for private and government sectors, including public transport drivers, taxi drivers, hospitality workers and retail workers as well as government agency employees.

The UAE is ranked third in the world in terms of testing per million of population. It was also ranked third in an international survey that assessed satisfaction with governments’ response to the pandemic.

It comes as authorities slammed the “negligence” of some individuals who have failed to adhere to the preventive measures and guidelines, causing a spike in new cases over the weekend.

A tweet from the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said: “Any increase in cases is dangerous and we do not want to revert, but those who do not follow the guidelines and demonstrate reckless behaviour expose not only themselves to unnecessary risk – but the health of the wider community.

“The commitment of all members of society is necessary and indispensable during this stage and for coming stages. Our continued progress will only happen with collective cooperation, commitment and patients.”

At the daily briefing on Monday night it was revealed that a further 28,000 Covid-19 tests had been carried out, with 528 new cases discovered as a result. The total number of cases in the country since the onset of the pandemic now stands at 52,068.

Dr Al-Shamsi also announced a further Covid-19-related fatality, taking the UAE death toll to 324.

Some 424 additional patients have recovered from the virus, with the total number of recoveries increasing to 40,721 across the country.

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