UAE records highest daily COVID-19 cases in two months

The jump in coronavirus cases could cause the government to reimpose restrictions and restrict tourism.

al-monitor A man waits for his test results after being tested with laser-based DPI technology at a testing center at the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border on Aug. 10, 2020, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images.

Aug 31, 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recorded its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases in two months on Monday.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention reported that there were 541 new coronavirus cases recorded on Monday. This is the highest figure in a single day since the 683 cases recorded on July 5, according to Reuters. For comparison, there were 362 cases detected on Sunday, according to the ministry.

The UAE instituted strict lockdowns and introduced among the most expansive testing programs to mitigate the virus. The fatality rate from the virus has been remarkably low. Residents testing positive are hospitalized and treated immediately.  

The government started easing restrictions incrementally in April. Dubai is now open to the point that it is encouraging tourists to visit, provided they test negative for COVID-19.

If the rate of infection continues to increase, it is possible Emirati authorities will reimpose some restrictions on the population, as they have done in the past. In July, the government mandated that people pray at home during the Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday. The Ministry of Health and Prevention's figures show about 10,000 active cases in the country.

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