ABU DHABI, 10 August – The UAE on Tuesday surpassed one million Covid-19 infections since the start of the global outbreak.
This milestone figure was reached after a further 919 cases were confirmed.
The country’s overall tally now stands at 1,000,556.
Recoveries climbed to 979,362 after another 859 people beat the virus in the past 24 hours.
There were no coronavirus-related deaths during the latest reporting period, with the toll standing at 2,337.
Tuesday’s cases were detected as a result of 197,921 PCR tests.
More than 179 million tests have been conducted to date.
The UAE is the 68th country to pass one million infections, figures from the Worldometer data aggregation site show.
There have been more than 590 million cases across the world.
The US has recorded the most infections, more than 94 million. This puts it ahead of India (44 million), France and Brazil (both about 34 million) and Germany (31 million).
Case numbers in the Emirates have declined in recent weeks after a surge in infections in June.
Mass screening and an extensive vaccination strategy have been vital to efforts to curb the spread of the virus, which began to spread across the globe more than two-and-a-half years ago.
Stay-at-home measures and deep-cleaning operations were introduced in the early stages of the outbreak. Offices and schools closed as a precautionary measure and flights were grounded.
The authorities introduced physical distancing rules and made the wearing of masks in public mandatory.
Safety measures have been gradually eased in recent months to support a return to normality and to take into account drops in case numbers.
In February, the UAE lifted requirements to wear face coverings in outdoor places, while motorists travelling to Abu Dhabi from other emirates no longer need to show their green pass status on Al Hosn app. — The National News