Coronavirus: UAE records 2,172 new infections


The UAE on Tuesday recorded 2,172 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases to 444,398.

Authorities also recorded six deaths, bringing the total number to 1,451.

Another 2,348 individuals recovered from the virus, with 427,188 people now having recovered.

It came after the Ministry of Health and Prevention conducted 209,079 tests with about 35.78 million tests carried out in total since the pandemic started.

Active cases stand at 15,759.

New Covid-19 infections have been hovering around 2,000 for several days – continuing an encouraging trend of declining numbers.

Numbers have fallen substantially since January when daily cases edged towards the 4,000 mark.

The reduction has 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.

The UAE on Sunday also said it was expanding efforts to inoculate all residents against Covid-19 by urging people still waiting for the vaccine to book appointments immediately.

The ministry opened additional appointment slots for all residents across the Emirates.

In Dubai, any resident over the age of 16 can now schedule their first or second dose of the vaccine at one of the participating centres in the city.

Vaccination centres operated by the Dubai Health Authority are still accepting appointments on a priority basis. Slots are only available for the elderly, frontline workers, people with chronic illnesses and over-40s.

In the capital, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company is administering first and second doses of the vaccine to all residents over the age of 16, at a number of tents and centres throughout the city.

Published: March 23, 2021 02:12 PM