DUBAI (1) - The United Arab Emirates directed most of the private and non-private sectors to have nearly all of employees work at home, and imposed overnight curfews as a brief measure this weekend for a nationwide disinfection to fight the coronavirus.
FILE PHOTO: A view exhibits the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest constructing, principally abandoned, following the outbreak of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike
The regional enterprise hub, which has confirmed 333 cases of the virus and two deaths, has not introduced an official curfew or work suspension however has more and more clamped down on motion.
Authorities introduced restrictions on motion of site visitors and other people overnight from Thursday till Sunday for the disinfection drive. The restrictions will final from eight p.m. (1600 GMT) to six a.m.
Solely important service staff can be allowed out and violators will face fines, a safety forces spokesman mentioned in a press convention on Thursday.
Public transport together with trams and metro companies will probably be suspended, whereas non-public vehicles, cabs and supply automobiles can function outdoors these hours.
The UAE has slowly adopted different Gulf states in suspending passenger flights and shutting public venues comparable to eating places and malls. Dubai emirate on Wednesday directed the non-public sector to implement distant working for most employees however exempted a broad spectrum of companies.
On Thursday, the UAE authorities ordered all federal ministries and institutions and the non-public sector to restrict the variety of employees in places of work to 30%.
It exempted sectors offering important companies together with well being, finance, vitality, telecoms, safety, navy, cargo and meals.
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have taken probably the most drastic steps, together with imposing partial nationwide curfews and suspending work at most private and non-private sector institutions.
Kuwait on Thursday banned all taxis, directed the state provide firm to cowl any fundamental meals shortages and mentioned it could disburse a month’s wage to all Kuwaiti college students overseas.
The variety of cases in Saudi Arabia handed 1,000 after authorities on Thursday introduced 112 new infections, most of them within the capital Riyadh and the holy metropolis of Mecca.
Additionally they reported a 3rd dying from the virus, a resident in Medina who suffered from continual illnesses.
Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar additionally noticed extra cases, taking the overall within the six Gulf states to over 2,600, with 9 deaths.
Saudi Arabia has launched 250 international detainees held on non-violent immigration and residency offences as a part of efforts to include the unfold of the illness, the state-backed Human Rights Fee mentioned on Thursday.
Bahrain and Kuwait have additionally introduced prisoner releases.
Bahrain continued to evacuate a number of hundred Bahraini pilgrims stranded in Iran, which is an epicenter for the illness within the area.
A second repatriation flight of round 60 Bahrainis arrived overnight from the holy Shi’ite Iranian metropolis of Mashhad, operated by Iranian airline Kish, households and a Bahraini official instructed 1.
Bahrain earlier this month repatriated 165 individuals, however numerous subsequent scheduled flights have been canceled. No less than 85 of the primary batch of evacuees examined constructive for the virus.
The island state, which has reported 419 coronavirus cases and four deaths, most of them linked to journey to Iran, has longstanding variations with Iran and has criticized the Islamic Republic for not stamping Bahraini residents’ passports.
Reporting by Alaa Swilam, Lisa Barrington, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Yousef Saba, Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Enhancing by Ghaida Ghantous, Raissa Kasolowsky and Mike Collett-White