The Ministry of Health and Protection (MoHaP) recently conducted 214,765 COVID-19 tests that led to the discovery of 1,958 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 patients to 495,224.
The ministry also reported three patients who have died due to complications from COVID-19, which brings the country’s total death toll to 1,550.
MOHAP also reported 1,545 individuals who have already recovered from the coronavirus disease, with the total now at 478,063.
This brings the total number of active cases to 15,611 as of April 17.
MOHAP has urged all Emiratis and residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to start booking appointments for inoculation.
Those eligible for vaccination, including citizens and residents aged 16 and above, can now get inoculated for free in any of the 205 vaccination locations available nationwide, the ministry said in a statement tonight.
The statement said it’s incumbent on those opting for vaccination to get prior booking as those who are most vulnerable to infection will continue to be received by vaccination centres without prior booking.
The past six weeks saw a collaborative effort made by all health departments to prioritise those most at risk of infection, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases, such as heart, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.