Coronavirus: UAE announces 15 new cases.


The latest cases bring the total number of positive tests in the Emirates to 74.

The UAE announced 15 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number recorded in the country to 74.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention said those infected had been placed in quarantine.

Three of the patients are from Italy, and two each from the UAE, the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and India. The remaining four are from Germany, Tanzania, South Africa and Iran.

Officials repeated advice to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water and cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with the inside of the elbow to avoid spreading germs.

People with respiratory symptoms were also advised to avoid mixing in crowded places, while members of the public were told to avoid misinformation and rumours by referring to official sources for information.

The announcement comes a day after officials confirmed 14 new cases in the country.

Authorities have taken steps to curb the spread of Covid-19, which has infected more than 114,000 people across the globe.

Schools and universities began a month-long shutdown on Sunday to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The spring break, which was due to begin on March 29, instead started on March 8 and will last two weeks. Distance learning will be introduced during the remaining two weeks, with pupils learning from home.

Government schools will run a home-teaching programme called Learn from Afar from March 22 to April 5.

Cleaning operations have been launched at places of worship while a number of live events, such as music concerts, have been postponed as part of the ongoing safety measures.

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