ARE WE LETTING OUR GUARD DOWN? The UAE health minister’s announcement that the country is seeing a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases should serve as grim reminder to all of us that we cannot afford to become lax when it comes to taking precautions. On Wednesday, the number of new cases shot up to 435, from 365 on Tuesday. The authorities have done all they can to combat the spread of the virus. It is now up to us to do our bit. Surely, washing our hands, wearing a mask and maintaining a distance socially are not big asks.[COMMENT BY: Sharmila Dhal , UAE Editor] Image Credit: Gulf News archives

Abu Dhabi: Another 1,803 people have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 751,333, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Sunday.

Two more COVID-19 patient have succumbed to the deadly virus, taking the country’s death toll to 2,158. A total of 618 COVID-19 patients have also made full recovery, bringing the overall recoveries to 741,325.

The newly detected infections were identified after conducting 334,211 PCR tests across the country.

The ministry expressed its condolences to the family of the deceased and wished patients speedy recovery, urging the public to cooperate with health authorities and comply with precautionary measures, particularly social distancing protocols, to ensure the safety and protection of the public.