Coronavirus: Dubai extends 24-hour lockdown as it fights COVID-19 pandemic

Dubai launches 11-day disinfection campaign to sterilize streets and roads amid coronavirus outbreak. (Dubai Media Office)

Dubai has extended a 24-hour lockdown for another week as it continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic with a national disinfection program, the emirate's media office announced on Friday.

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The Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai made the decision “in light of the success achieved by the initiative,” Dubai Media Office said in a statement on Twitter.

The program was implemented last month and required residents to comply with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily which was later extended to cover the 24-hours in a day.

Dubai authorities have santized the metro, taxis, buses, trams as well as roads throughout Dubai neighborhoods.


In addition to the curfew, Dubai Police started a movement permit program in which residents must apply for, and get approval before leaving their homes. The permit options are strictly for work, emergencies, grocery shopping or pharmacies, and for ATM visits. One permit per individual may be issued every three days, according to new restrictions announced on Thursday.

UAE confirmed cases, recoveries, deaths

The UAE has so far confirmed 5,825 coronavirus cases as of Thursday as it ramps up testing throughout the country. The death toll has remained relatively low at 35 and a total of 1,095 people have recovered. Most patients who recovered followed healthy habits that strengthened their immune systems, the health sector spokeswoman Dr. Farida al-Hosani said on Wednesday.

The country has recorded a comparatively high number of recoveries in a short period of time because most cases in the country have had only minor symptoms, according to the spokeswoman. Most patients with few or no symptoms recovered within two to three weeks in the UAE.

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Last Update: Saturday, 18 April 2020 KSA 06:54 - GMT 03:54
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