The United Arab Emirates has recorded a steady increase of 698 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 21,084, the health ministry announced on Thursday.
The ministry continues its efforts in expanding the testing capacity with 37,000 new tests administered which led to detecting the newly confirmed cases, according to the health ministry. Health authorities have performed over 1.5 million tests so far.
The country was the first in the wider Middle East to record a case of coronavirus, a 73-year-old Chinese woman on January 29. The announcement was followed shortly by several other cases, most of whom were also Chinese tourists.