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United Arab Emirates reports 424 new cases of COVID-19.

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United Arab Emirates reported 424 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Around 70,079 tests were conducted. This puts the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 66,617. Two patients died due to COVID-19, which puts the total number of deaths to 372.

The UAE had a surge in cases in the past few days, which is being blamed on citizens’ non-compliance with precautionary measures implemented by the country. A senior official in the UAE government said that new violations will be implemented with the authorities in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

Last Thursday, Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, a spokeman for the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) said that the national sterilisation programme might be reintroduced if COVID-19 cases continue to increase. It also included a nighttime curfew. The programme which was launched on March 26 to stop the spread of the virus. It involved sterilisation of all facilities, public transportation, streets and other public areas.

The United Arab Emirates is urging all its citizens to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Dr. Farida Al Hosani said that those most infected are in the age group of between 20-40 years old. This is due to the ‘wrong perception that their youth will protect them from being infected.’

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