The United Arab Emirates has confirmed 216 new coronavirus cases after conducting 61,978 tests over the past 24 hours, the health ministry reported on Friday.

The total number of cases has reached 62,061 as the death toll climbed to 356 with two new fatalities confirmed.

Meanwhile, 276 people fully recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 56,015, according to the health ministry.

On Thursday, UAE Health Minister Abdul Rahman Al Owais announced there had been a 30 percent increase in new coronavirus cases among UAE citizens during the last few days, according to state news agency WAM.

He said some citizens have “become lax in following prevention measures and not adhering to safety and physical distancing rules in gatherings and during social visits,” WAM reported.