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Coronavirus: UAE residents warned to stay home for 3 days amid sterilisation drive

Authorities will be checking work permits to ensure compliance with the government's order

Coronavirus: UAE residents warned to stay home for 3 days amid sterilisation drive

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the UAE health sector.

UAE residents must stay home unless absolutely necessary at night between Thursday evening and Sunday morning amid a mass sterilization drive to combat the further spread of the coronavirus or face penalties, authorities said on Thursday.

In a press conference on Thursday, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the spokesperson of the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), said that the sterilisation drive will begin at 8 PM on Thursday and continue until 6 AM on Sunday morning.

According to the government, the sterilisation campaign will begin on the evening of March 26 at 8 PM until 6 AM the following morning, before resuming again on March 27 at 8 PM and continuing until 6 AM on 28 March. The last evening of the campaign will take place on March 28 through the next morning. 

During those times, residents have been told that movements are to be tightly restricted and that they should not leave their home – in any circumstances – unless it is to make essential purchases of food or medicines.

The sterilisation campaign will be conducted on roads and public transport networks.

Only though in ‘vital’ sectors such as energy, media, health, airports, security and law enforcement are exempt from the restrictions.

Work permits shall be checked to ensure compliance with the government’s directives.

During the press conference, authorities warned that those who flout the restrictions will face legal repercussions, including jail and stiff fines.

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