By Gavin Gibbon
Crown Prince has praised emergency staff and called on the public to act responsibly and play their part
Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan, has issued a direct plea to residents in the UAE, stressing that current social distancing orders are “not a matter of choice”, but a “critical demand” in the continued fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
On social media, Sheikh Hamdan wrote: “This pandemic is a very real threat to each and every one of us, our families and friends.”
Everyday, we see the global situation around COVID-19 worsening at an exponential pace. However, thanks to the tireless and incredible efforts of our emergency response team, we have managed to protect ourselves and our communities till date.— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) March 23, 2020
There are currently 248 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE, with two deaths reported to date.
Sheikh Hamdan also heaped praise on emergency services workers and those operating on frontline services at this time. “Every day, we see the global situation around Covid-19 worsening at an exponential pace. However, thanks to the tireless and incredible efforts of our emergency response team, we have managed to protect ourselves and our communities to date,” he wrote.
Already in Dubai, two people have been arrested by police for ignoring social distancing laws and appearing to mock authorities.
However, the Crown Prince warned: “We (Dubai) are not immune.”
He added: “The only way to guarantee that we safeguard the wellbeing of our loved ones is to ACT now, TOGETHER and WITHOUT exceptions.”