Coronavirus: UAE extends disinfection program, curfew for additional week

A view shows the Burj Khalifa, mostly deserted, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Dubai. (File photo: Reuters)

The nation-wide disinfection program in the United Arab Emirates will be extended for an additional week, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday, urging people to stay home from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day until April 5.

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The UAE had earlier announced 63 new cases of coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 468.

The disinfection program was previously expected to end on the morning of March 29.

Several areas and facilities across the country have been disinfected using the latest technology available, the ministry spokeswoman Farida al-Husaani said.

Hundreds of workers, supervisors, and administrators from various government agencies took part in the program, al-Hussani added.

Dubai authorities sanitized the metro, taxis, buses, and trams over the weekend, videos posted by the Dubai Media Office showed.

Dubai Police also shared videos of radars on highways that were used to detect those violating traffic restrictions during the nighttime curfew.

Several fines were imposed in the UAE as of March 26, including a $270 fine on anyone who does not adhere to social distancing practices.

During the curfew, movement of traffic and the public will be restricted, and all public transportation will be suspended.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02
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