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On Wednesday, the UAE reported 435 new coronavirus cases Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Dubai: The UAE is witnessing an alarming increase in new COVID-19 infections and that is blamed on social and family gatherings and the failure to adhere to COVID-19 precautionary measures by the public, according to UAE Health minister, Abdul Rahman Al Owais.

This announcement followed Tuesday's media briefing. On Wednesday, 435 more coronavirus cases were detected in the country.


Speaking during the media briefing, Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, revealed that the UAE has so far conducted more than 6 million COVID-19 tests.

“Despite a significant decline in Covid-19 cases in the past few weeks, unfortunately we see a surge in daily cases. We urge the public to adhere to precautionary measures and to avoid family and social gatherings”, Al Owais said.

“Phase three of the clinical trial to develop a Covid-19 vaccine is progressing well. No side effects have been observed on volunteers who participated in the trials. We value their contribution and invite more volunteers to take part in the trials,” the minister added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Al Hammadi said: “Unfortunately, we have seen recently an alarming increase in the number of daily cases, compared to previous weeks. A daily increase of around 136 cases among both citizens and residents has been recorded”.

He added: “As sport facilities and gyms are reopening, we urge the public to commit to social distancing, wearing face mask and disinfecting hands before and after using equipment. Also, it is advisable to avoid group sports”.