An image taken on March 28, 2020 reveals a abandoned avenue within the Emirate metropolis of Dubai amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. KARIM SAHIB / AFP
Dubai authorities on Saturday introduced tighter measures to fight the novel coronavirus, because the variety of instances within the United Arab Emirates surpassed 1,500.
For 2 weeks the motion of individuals and automobiles will likely be additional restricted, with just one particular person per residence allowed to go away for “essential needs” comparable to meals and drugs, in response to the Dubai Media Workplace.
Individuals working in “vital sectors” — together with healthcare, media and supply — are allowed to exit and supermarkets and pharmacies will stay in service.
Metro and tram providers, nonetheless, will even be suspended.
Along with motion restrictions, authorities introduced “the extension of the sterilisation programme to 24 hours a day across all areas and communities in the emirate to protect the health and safety of the community”.
The measures went into impact at eight:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Saturday and are topic to renewal.
The authorities added that “extensive medical tests will be conducted across densely populated areas”.
The choice got here shortly after the UAE introduced on Saturday 241 new novel coronavirus infections — the very best single-day whole because the outbreak within the nation.
The Gulf state has now a complete of 1,505 confirmed instances of the COVID-19 illness, and 10 deaths. It has enforced intensive lockdown measures to curb the unfold of the sickness together with an ongoing night-time curfew.
The UAE has the second highest variety of confirmed infections within the Gulf after Saudi Arabia, which has recorded greater than 2,00zero instances and 29 deaths.