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One in three COVID-19 cases in the UAE is the highly infectious Delta variant, according to authorities in the country.

The most common strain found in the UAE is the Beta strain – 39.2 per cent – followed by Delta at 33.9 per cent and Alpha at 11.3 per cent.

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The number of deaths increased too owing to mutant viruses, failure to follow rules or take a vaccine; 94 per cent of deaths occurred in the unvaccinated; 84 per cent of reported cases and 89 per cent of hospital admissions are in the unvaccinated. Among cases admitted to intensive care, non-vaccinated people accounted for 92 per cent of cases, noted the July 27 briefing.

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The UAE has provided a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 71 per cent of the total population, including residents. This is 91.8 per cent of the eligible category.

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Health officials advised residents and citizens against overseas travel if they are not vaccinated.