Coronavirus: UAE passes 450,000 total Covid-19 cases since outbreak


The UAE reported 2,128 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, surpassing 450,000 total infections.

Authorities said 2,262 patients were cleared of the virus, raising recoveries to 434,035. This means 96 per cent of all cases have ended in recovery.

Six patients died of related complications, taking the death toll to 1,472.

Active cases have declined in recent weeks, dropping from 19,539 on March 13 to 15,258 on Friday after more than 10 consecutive days of recoveries exceeding infections.

Friday’s cases were detected after another 236,782 tests were carried out across the country. Almost 36.5 million PCR and DPI tests have been conducted nationwide since the outbreak.

Coronavirus outbreak

New coronavirus infections hovered around 2,000 for several days, but have fallen substantially since January, when daily cases edged towards the 4,000 mark.

The reduction coincided with one of the fastest vaccination programmes in the world.

Authorities last week said they had vaccinated half the country’s population, two weeks before its target date of the end of March.

More than 7.7m doses have been administered to date, raising the rate of vaccination to 78.6 per 100 people.

Four vaccines are available in the UAE. Sinopharm and Sputnik V are available across the UAE, although the latter is only for emergency use.

Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca are available in Dubai.

In February and March, the UAE carried out a six-week campaign to vaccinate priority groups, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases or a disability.

As of March 21, this was expanded and vaccines are now available to all with authorities encouraging residents and Emiratis to book appointments at any of the 205 vaccination locations nationwide.

Since then, daily doses have risen to around 100,000+ again.

Updated: March 26, 2021 02:13 PM