UAE confirms 1,230 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began had reached 199,665 and the death toll is 653. (File/Reuters)
The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began had reached 199,665 and the death toll is 653. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 26 December 2020

UAE confirms 1,230 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

UAE confirms 1,230 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths
  • UAE says 1,386 have recovered over the past 24 hours
  • Kuwait records 260 cases, Bahrain reports 234 cases and 1 death

DUBAI: The UAE on Friday recorded 1,230 new COVID-19 cases and six virus-related deaths.
Officials from the Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began had reached 199,665. The death toll is 653.
It was also announced that 1,386 people had recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. The total number of recoveries is 175,865.
On Thursday the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was recognized by the International Hospital Federation’s “Beyond the Call of Duty for COVID-19 Programme” for its response to the pandemic, along with over 100 hospitals from 28 countries.
It was honored for the “proactive and swift measures” it implemented back in January to minimize the spread of the virus and introduce mass testing of the population.

“The DHA’s Dubai Shield Programme was recognized at the Beyond the Call of Duty for COVID-19 Programme for proactively responding with outstanding and innovative actions in facing the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a statement from Dubai Media Office. “Additionally, DHA’s hospitals – Rashid and Latifa Hospital for Women and Children — were recognized for their outstanding COVID-19 response action plan.” 
Dubai Economy on Thursday issued warnings to two establishments for failing to adhere to COVID-19 precautions. Inspectors found 688 other businesses to be compliant.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 260 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 149,277. The death toll remains 926.

In Bahrain, one death was reported, raising the death toll to 351, while 234 new infected cases were confirmed.