UAE reports 931 new Covid cases; conducts 75,177 tests
Ifra Warsi: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced 931 new cases of the Covid-19, taking the total number of cases in the country to 77,842.
The ministry disclosed that 75,177 new tests were performed in UAE and determined active cases and adopt precautionary measures to contain the pandemic.
The ministry also announced 517 new recoveries, taking the total number of recoveries to 68,462 as of September 11.
Moreover, the death toll stands at 398.
This is second consecutive day this month when the new cases exceeded 900 mark due to violation of advisory given by the government on social distancing and publuc gathering in the country. Earlier on Thursday, the ministry reported 930 new cases.
Dr Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the health sector in the country, said on Thursday that there has been an increase of 5% in new Covid-19 cases since August 10 only 179 cases were registered in the country.
She pointed out that approximately 88% of the cases detected due to social gatherings in the country as the residents were involved in parties, condolences, work and breaking the quarantine protocol.
“About 12% of cases within the past two weeks have been from Emiratis and residents who returned to the UAE despite testing negative on arrival,” she said.
Moreover, she said about 10% of the cases were detected from the mandatory tests carried out on administrative and educational staff in schools, parents and students who opted to blended learning at the schools.
She underlined the need for supervision, inspection and accountability for those who violated the preventive measures and warn about heavy fines on them.
“Leniency in preventive measures such as social distancing and wearing masks, ignoring safety measures at malls and shops as well avoiding government advisory are key factors behind the surge in Covid cases in the country,” she said.
“Some individuals also ignored their Covid symptoms and continued normal activities, which should not be the case,” she said, adding that an approved quarantine protocol must be applied on suspected Covid patients.
“Everyone who gets into contact with an infected person must undergo the approved quarantine protocol for at least 14 days,” she said.