Image Credit: File

Dubai: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced 27 new coronavirus cases in the UAE on Thursday.

During a press conference, the ministry announced that 31 patients have fully recovered. The total number of infected so far is 140.

The ministry said that the UAE has a comprehensive health system to protect people and keep coronavirus at bay.

The ministry urged the people to practice social distancing. It is essential to avoid the spread of the disease, said Dr Farida Al Hosani, Director of the Communicable Diseases at Abu Dhabi Department of Health in a televised briefing on Thursday.

Home quarantine will be enforced on UAE students who study abroad upon their arrival, said Dr Farida Al Hosani.

"We started applying home quarantine to all the country returnees, in the interest of the public safety," she said.

The country has stockpiled enough medicines and medical equipments and consumer products, said Dr Farida Al Hosani.