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UAE extends nationwide coronavirus disinfection programme, curfews until April 5

During National Sterilisation Programme residents must stay home from 8pm to 6am each day

UAE extends nationwide coronavirus disinfection programme, curfews until April 5
Image: Dubai Media Office

The UAE has extended the nationwide National Sterilisation Programme until April 5, according to a report by the Dubai Media Office.

According to the statement on Twitter, the programme will cover public facilities, public transportation and the Dubai Metro service.

During the course of the disinfection drive, in place to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, people must stay home from 8pm to 6am each day.

On Friday, the UAE Attorney General, Counselor Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, announced a new set of fines for those violating directives from the government, including fines for refusing to follow instructions regarding home quarantine, fines for those caught visiting public areas or organising house parties and penalties for those allowing more than three persons in vehicle.

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has launched a new website through which residents can request permission to leave home during the National Sterilisation Programme for essential purposes, it was announced on Saturday.

The website – move.gov.ae – allows people to request permission to go out during the sterilization campaign.

The UAE Ministry of Health announced on Saturday there were 63 new cases, bringing the country's total number of cases so far to 468.

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