A medical staffer obtains a swab sample from a child in Al-Khawaneej district of Dubai. AFP
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) announced it performed 40,000 Covid-19 tests in the past 48 hours, which revealed 331 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to 2,990.
The Ministry also announced that 29 cases fully recovered from the coronavirus, after receiving treatment, bringing the total recovered cases to 268.
The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of an Arab and an Asian expats who tested positive for COVID-19 and died due to complications. This brings total death toll to 14.
Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, announced the opening of 13 additional drive-through coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facilities, following the first opening in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
This follows the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of the UAE community, and curbing the spread of COVID-19.
World powers scrambled on Thursday to build a global response to the human tragedy and once-in-a-century economic collapse caused by the epidemic, as death tolls in the US and Europe soared higher.
The global death toll passed 90,000 and the number of worldwide cases since it spread from China earlier this year topped 1.5 million, according to an AFP tally.
Of the 1,519,260 declared cases from 192 countries, at least 312,100 are now considered recovered.
The ministry also announced that the total number of recovered cases of COVID-19 has reached 680 with 92 cases fully recovered.
Dubai's large Global Village shopping and entertainment market, which runs from November to March each year, said it was closing early.
Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate for the same period at 20% of capacity, and as long as customers are at least two metres apart, and for delivery services, subject to review.
More than 820 people were injured and about 15,000 people have been evacuated, the agency said. Some have sought refuge in the mountains, while others went to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said.
Guterres said the world’s leading economies have a special responsibility to support the World Health Organization’s COVAX program to buy and deliver coronavirus vaccines for the world’s poorest people.
After spending more than two months trying to overturn the results of the November election, pushing false conspiracy theories about fraud, Trump’s presence had not been expected at the inauguration.
India, the world’s most populous country after China, has said it may not need to vaccinate all of its 1.35 billion people to create herd immunity. Still, covering even half its population will make it one of the largest immunisation programmes in the world, even if countries like the United States were