The United Arab Emirates reported 369 new COVID-19 cases after conducting over 43,000 tests, authorities announced on Tuesday.

A further 395 people recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 52,905.

The total number of cases is 59,546, with a death toll of 347.

 

Infections linked to gatherings in UAE

The UAE has reported several recent clusters of infections linked to social gatherings or events.

On Monday, 47 of the cases reported that day came from just five families. According to a government spokesperson, all 47 people had failed to practice social distancing when attending a wedding and a funeral.

The ministry has been recording a significant amount of cases of people from the same family, who had infected each other during gatherings and celebrations, added Dr. Omar al-Hammadi, the official spokesman for the UAE Government.

Last week, a further 20 infections were linked to a wedding in Abu Dhabi.

Despite these clusters, the UAE has managed to keep its infection rate relatively low, allowing Dubai to reopen international travel to select destinations.