UAE announces 450 new COVID-19 cases

-- Ban has been lifted on children under the age of 12 visiting shopping malls

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ABU DHABI: UAE authorities announced 450 cases of the COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the number of infections in the country to 46,133.

Officials also said an additional 702 people had recovered from the virus, while two patients had died.

To date, 34,405 residents in the Emirates have recovered from Covid-19, about 74 per cent.

About 11,400 cases are still active and more than three million people across the UAE have been tested.

Globally, more than 9.3 million cases of the coronavirus have been recorded, and it has contributed towards at least 481,000 deaths.

News of the new case numbers came as police and medics in Abu Dhabi revealed they had joined forces to provide free Covid-19 tests direct to residents’ homes to drive infections down.

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In the past three weeks, officers and healthcare workers have gone from door to door in parts of the capital as the screening programme came into effect.

The aim of the campaign is to ensure all sections of society have access to testing.

Residential buildings in Khalidiya, Al Najda, Al Zafaranah and parts of the Corniche have already been visited by the team.

“We cover up to 26 buildings everyday between 6pm and midnight,” said Captain Dr Aisha Al Maamari, from the Abu Dhabi Police medical services department.

“The idea was to avoid taking families to tents in order to not compromise their safety and privacy.

“It is much safer to test them at their own homes – especially for people with chronic diseases, pregnant women, children and special needs.”

Late on Wednesday, UAE officials also announced the completion of the national sterilisation programme, an initiative which involved the widespread cleaning of public transport and public and private buildings.

Separately authorities also permitted children under the age of 12 to visit malls across the Emirates.

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