By Sam Bridge
Sheikh Mohammed is briefed on the latest measures taken to protect the country from the new coronavirus during Cabinet meeting on Tuesday
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chaired the UAE Cabinet on Tuesday and was briefed on the latest measures taken to protect the country from the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
The Cabinet reviewed all procedures and mechanisms, as well as the robust and thorough prevention and public awareness plans being carried out, state news agency WAM reported.
It commended the work of health authorities and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, to ensure the health and wellbeing of all UAE citizens, residents, and visitors to the country.
Cabinet members emphasised the seriousness with which the UAE Government is treating the threat posed by coronavirus to public health, adding that all work is being conducted according to international best practice.
Plans and procedures are being amended as necessary on receipt of new information, they added.
The Cabinet said in a statement: "The public and private sectors, as well as the UAE federal and local authorities, have undertaken strict measures to implement the highest standards of sanitation, health and safety protocols. All operational guidelines are being reviewed by all appropriate institutions and as such, all normal daily activities across all sectors in the country will continue uninterrupted and unchanged.
"Over the coming days, we will continue to receive expert recommendations and monitor developments closely to adjust, if at all, our procedures accordingly."
The Cabinet also urged people to be wary of misinformation and rumours circulated from within the UAE and abroad, and to follow the official accounts of authorities and accredited media outlets.