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UAE first country to conduct more Covid tests than its population

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The UAE has become the first country in the world where the number of Covid-19 tests conducted has exceeded its population (among countries with a population of more than one million). The country has conducted 10.32 million tests since the start of the pandemic.

Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE government, said the country conducted 720,802 medical examinations from September 30 to October 6. “This is an increase of 8 per cent as compared to the previous week. The examination revealed an increase of 16 per cent in the number of cases as 7,704 cases were recorded.”

At the same time, the UAE reported an increase of 23 per cent in the number of recoveries during this period. “This brings the total number of recovered patients to 8,018.”

With 19 residents losing their lives to the virus, the number of deaths increased by 73 per cent during the week. “However, the death rate from the total infections in September is one of the lowest in the world,” he added.

The official stressed that volunteers who have received the Covid-19 vaccine are not safe from the risk of infection. The vaccine is still in the trial period – “a period in which we examine all the conditions and factors surrounding the volunteers and the doses they receive”.

“Contrary to what has been circulating, volunteers who have taken doses of the vaccine need to continue to follow precautionary measures in order to preserve their health and the safety of others,” the official said.

Flu vaccine

The official urged residents to take the flu jab, but cautioned that it does not protect them from Covid-19. “But it protects against the possibility of contracting the seasonal flu, and avoiding unnecessary medical visits.

“The seasonal flu vaccine is safe and helps stimulate the body’s immunity within two weeks in order to build an effective immune system,” said Dr Al Hammadi.

Education uninterrupted

Up to 1,025 schools across the Emirates operate according to the distance education system, which is equivalent to 82.86 per cent of the total schools. About 212 schools operate an in-class learning programme.

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