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Dubai: The UAE on Monday reported another 277 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2076, the Ministry of Health and Prevention just announced.

One more death has also been confirmed for an Asian, pushing the UAE’s death toll from the virus to 11, the Ministry’s official spokesperson Dr. Farida Al Hosani revealed.

Al Hosani also announced 23 more recoveries, taking the tally of recovered patients to 167 nationwide.

The UAE, with all its medical staff, is able to detect the virus. We do not view the increase in cases with a negative perspective, but rather the opposite, Al Hosani added.

The UAE does not consider this increase in cases to be a concerning development, as the country has intensified its medical examination campaign and enlarged the scope of testing among UAE citizens and residents, she said.

Dr Al Hosani stressed that the UAE is committed to prioritising the needs of citizens and residents of the UAE.

She also directed a message to the public concerning celebrations of "Hag Al Laila," stating, "It is a social occasion and our community is used to celebrating it, but in the present circumstances, we must reconsider."

"For the sake of everyone’s health and safety, we must avoid celebrations, family gatherings, children’s visits to neighbours, and spending time in the streets. We must refrain from distributing and sharing sweets with others," she concluded.