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UAE denies reports that quarantined hotel guests left without virus tests

W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island and neighbouring Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi were both put on lockdown over UAE Tour coronavirus fears

UAE denies reports that quarantined hotel guests left without virus tests

The W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island and neighbouring Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi were both put on lockdown on Friday after fears professional cyclists taking part in the UAE Tour could be at risk of infection.

​The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention on Monday denied reports that the guests of the two quarantined hotels on Yas Island left without performing the necessary health checks.

The W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island and neighbouring Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi were both put on lockdown on Friday after fears professional cyclists taking part in the UAE Tour, who were staying at the properties, may have interacted two Italian staff members that tested positive for the virus.

In a statement, the ministry affirmed that it is taking all necessary procedures for investigating, examining and following-up with contacts, within the framework of its precautionary measures in cooperation with health authorities in the country, and in accordance with the international standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Ministry urged citizens and residents to receive news from official sources, not to circulate rumours and misinformation, and to follow social media channels of official agencies and accredited media. 

Guests at the hotels included the 140 cyclists from the event, which was cancelled on Thursday with two stages still to compete.

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