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UAE to restrict public and traffic movement from Thursday, residents told to stay home


DUBAI – The UAE is restricting public and traffic movement starting at 8pm on Thursday (March 26) as authorities enforced more measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19.

The Ministry of Interior said that those working in vital sectors will have their “personal or work identity checked and verified”.

According to the Health and Prevention and Ministry of Interior on Thursday (March 26), the measures are part of the National Disinfection Programme that will be implemented from 8pm on March 26 to 6am on March 29.

During this period, the Dubai Metro and public transport services will be suspended to make way for the sterilization of all public utilities and public transport. Streets, malls, mosques and all public places will also be disinfected.

The Ministry of Interior urged the public to “stay at home” during this period, and to only go out if they need to get essential supplies such as food and medicine or for medical reasons.

National Sterilization Programme

UAE Cabinet decision on fines for violators

In a new UAE Cabinet decision released on Thursday (March 26), violators of the UAE’s new measures will face a fine between Dh500 and Dh50,000.

According to the Cabinet, the repeat violators will get a doubled fined, while those who violate the law more than twice will be referred to the Federal Public Prosecution for legal action where they may face penalties, including a six-month ban.

Work from home for Dubai private sector

To limit crowds and to encourage social distancing, the Dubai Economy on Wednesday (March 25) ordered private sector establishments in Dubai to let 80 percent of their employees work from home.

The new directive will be enforced from March 25 to April 9.

Employees in supermarkets, groceries, cooperative societies and pharmacies are exempted from the rule and will be expected to work in their respective offices or stores.

As of Wednesday, the UAE announced 85 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 333. The Ministry of Health and Prevention said that seven more people have recovered from Covid-19, including five Bangladeshis and two Pakistanis, bringing the UAE’s total number of recoveries to 52. ICA/PIA/Expat Media

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