Dubai announces two-week lockdown to disinfect city around the clock

Police car patrols Dubai's Al-Ras district. (Reuters)
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Updated 05 April 2020

Dubai announces two-week lockdown to disinfect city around the clock

  • Emirate announces strict restrictions on movement across the city and legal action” will be taken against violators
  • The metro and tram services in Dubai will be suspended but buses and taxis will continue to operate

DUBAI: Dubai announced a two-week lockdown on Saturday so that the emirate could be disinfected around the clock to fight the spread of coronavirus.

There will be “strict restrictions on movement across the city and legal action” will be taken against violators, Dubai Media Office said.  

The measure is effective from 8:00p.m. on Saturday for a period of two weeks. 

Supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to operate normally and food and medicine deliveries will continue uninterrupted.

Extensive medical testing will be carried out in densely populated areas of the city to stop the spread of the virus and citizens and residents are urged to stay at home. 

People can go out only to buy food, receive health care and get tested for coronavirus provided they wear a mask, gloves and maintain social distancing. Shopping should be done by one member of the family only. 

 

 

Employees in vital sectors are permitted to leave the house at any time to go to work. 

The metro and tram services in Dubai will be suspended but buses and taxis will continue to operate.

Bus transportation will be free during the lockdown and a 50% discount on taxi rides will be offered. 

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi on Saturday extended the temporary closure of commercial centres, shopping malls, cinemas, arcades and other places of entertainment in the emirate until further notice.


UAE to gradually reopen mosques, churches on July 1

Updated 30 June 2020

UAE to gradually reopen mosques, churches on July 1

  • The mosques and churches can operate at 30 percent capacity
  • The country also announced the return of federal government staff to their offices

DUBAI: The UAE announced it will reopen mosques and other places of worship across the Gulf country on July 1 at 30 percent capacity, state news agency WAM reported.

The new decision excludes prayer areas on highways, industrial zones, labor camps, commercial centers, and parks.

It comes as the country works to return to normal life following the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The country also announced the return of federal government staff to their offices while adhering to health guidelines to avoid a new wave of infections.

Meanwhile, the UAE said it was committed to cooperate with the international community to overcome COVID-19.

Since March, the Gulf nation has assisted more than a million medical workers through aid including the supply of personal protective equipment.

“Today’s milestone of assisting 1 million healthcare workers affirms the UAE’s commitment to extending a hand of cooperation to the world, regardless of the religion, race, or ideology of recipients,” Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, said.

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the UAE’s is 48,246, although more than 37,000 have recovered. But 314 people have died of the virus in the country.