Watch: ‘Thank you so much’ says Abu Dhabi Police as residents cheer from windows

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An Abu Dhabi police officer thanked residents for staying home as he drove through an empty street. Abu Dhabi is currently under lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“I want to tell you God bless you all for following the rules, and thank you,” an Abu Dhabi Police officer says to dozens of people who cheered and clapped as the nationwide coronavirus curfew began in the UAE’s capital.

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As the police car made its way down an empty street, residents cheered and applauded to show their support for officials and health care workers working round the clock to curb the pandemic.

The UAE on April 4 extended its national disinfection campaign until further notice and imposed a 24-hour curfew in Dubai.

A total of 2,990 confirmed cases and 14 virus-related deaths have been reported in the country.

The UAE announced on Thursday it would extend the closure of mosques and other places of worship until further notice, according to state news agency WAM.

Malls, shopping centers, gyms, public swimming pools and beaches, bars, nightclubs, and lounges have also been forced to close as preventative measures.

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