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13 mai 2020 | 10h03 UTC

UAE: Curfew measures in Abu Dhabi eased May 11 /update 34

United Arab Emirates Alerte de sécurité

Curfew measures in Abu Dhabi eased from May 11; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 13/5/2020, 12h00 until 23/5/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Dubai). COUNTRY/REGION United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi

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Event

On Monday, May 11, Abu Dhabi authorities eased measures in place to counter the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), permitting residents to leave their homes during the curfew hours of 22:00 to 06:00 (local time), provided they request a permit beforehand. Permits are to be issued for essential journeys, such as visiting a supermarket, pharmacy, or hospital, and can be applied for from the Abu Dhabi Police. However, the curfew will remain in place for the duration of the month of Ramadan, ending on Saturday, May 23, and those found to be violating the measure may be subject to a Dh 2000 fine.

Abu Dhabi has been easing COVID-19 measures in recent weeks, permitting the limited reopening of malls on Tuesday, April 28, cafés and restaurants on Thursday, April 23, as well as resuming public transportation on Sunday, April 26.

As of May 13, there have been 19,661 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country with 203 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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