The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Thursday reported 2,742 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,691 recoveries and 17 deaths. The new cases were detected through 235,797 additional tests, reported Khaleej Times. More than 31.5 million tests have been conducted across the United Arab Emirates as part of the country’s gigantic screening programme to combat the spread of Covid-19. The total number of cases in UAE as on March 4 are 402,205 while total recoveries stand at 387,278. The death toll rises to 1,286.
Sharjah Police has announced that it will employ a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards illegal gatherings breaking Covid-19 rules in the emirate. These include groups of teenagers meeting under buildings, men playing games in green areas and squares, and beggars and gamblers. The announcement comes as 13 people in the emirate were fined for violating Covid-19 safety measures while playing cricket earlier this week.
The UAE will also soon be one of the first countries in the world to vaccinate most of its population against the coronavirus infection, TV channel Al-Arabiya reported. “With the dedicated effort of the UAE government to combat the pandemic – for which we are truly thankful for, and the willingness of the general public to support the programs led by the government, UAE may soon be the first country to vaccinate its entire population and hence, reach herd immunity,” specialist in emergency medicine at Bareen International Hospital Fouad Al-Rahal told Al-Arabiya English. According to Our World in Data, UAE has administered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 60 percent of its population. The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority reported that over six million vaccine doses have been administered across the seven emirates, with a rate of 60.82 doses per 100 people.