UAE reports 995 cases, 1,076 recoveries, 3 deaths

People wearing protective face masks wait to be tested, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 20, 2020. Picture taken April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike
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More than 98,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out, the ministry said, taking the total to over 9.5 million tests.

In a major development yesterday, it was revealed that pre-travel Covid-19 test results from four laboratories in India will no longer be accepted in Dubai, according to diplomatic sources and Air India Express. These RT-PCR testing laboratories include Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Labs in Kerala, Dr P Bhasin Pathlabs Ltd in Delhi, and the Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi. Negative test results from these Indian Council of Medical Research-approved centres shall be deemed invalid, Air India Express announced. Over 200 Dubai-bound Indian passengers were barred from boarding their flights on Monday as a result of this.

Meanwhile, it was also revealed that a new four-strain flu vaccine will be available to residents at primary health centres by the end of the week, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) said on Monday. All Emiratis, as well as residents at high risk of contracting influenza, will be able to get the jab for free.

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