The United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi has banned movement in and out of the emirate, as well as between its cities starting Tuesday, as part of its mass testing efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak.
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Abu Dhabi Emergency and Crisis Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and DOH, have announced a ban on movement entering & exiting the emirate and between its regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, & Al Dhafrah) starting from Tuesday 2 June, for 1 week. pic.twitter.com/IqPnbyVW86— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) May 31, 2020
Authorities assured those with expired visas that no legal action will be taken against them.
“Protecting the community’s safety and curbing the spread of coronavirus is the top priority,” the Department of Health said in statement.
The UAE has been easing restrictions over the past several weeks, including reopening entertainment destinations as well as beaches and malls, and allowing businesses to resume activity with the requirement of implementing preventative measures.
The country has so far confirmed 35,192 cases and 266 fatalities. However, 18,338 people in the UAE have recovered from the virus so far.