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UAE extends lockdown hours ahead of Eid Al Fitr, as new cases rise

Shopping malls opening hours will be reduced from Wednesday May 20, revised to 9am to 7pm until further notice.

UAE extends lockdown hours ahead of Eid Al Fitr, as new cases rise

Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, official spokesperson for the UAE government. 

The UAE government announced a two-hour extension to the current lockdown, after revealing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. 

The Ministry of Health and Prevention announced four people died as a result of Covid-19 infections in its daily update on Monday night.

In addition, it was revealed that there are 832 new cases - up from the 731 cases announced on Sunday.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in the country to 24,190, while a total of 224 people have died in the UAE from Covid-19. 

The ministry said 1,065 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number to 9,577

In addition to announcing the new cases, Dr Saif Al-Dhaheri, spokesman for the UAE's National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management, announced that the National Disinfection Programme will be from 8pm to 6am from this Wednesday, May 20, until further notice, an extension of two hours from the current timings of 10pm to 6am. 

"In light of what we have observed during the holy month of Ramadan, the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections, which was a result of some individuals in the community were reckless and did not take into account the precautionary measures, we would like to announce that we have amended the timings of the national sterilisation programme. It will be from 8pm to 6am," said Dr Saif Al-Dhaheri

The UAE government also announced: 

  • Supermarkets and restaurants (delivery only) can continue to operate 24 hours and continue to be exempt from the lockdown period.
  • Starting Wednesday May 20, shopping malls opening hours will be reduced, revised to 9am to 7pm. New timings to be announced after Eid.
  • Other shops offering food products allowed to be open from 6am to 8pm.
  • 30% capacity to remain in place, along with social distancing of two metres.
  • Adults over 60 and children under 12 not allowed in shopping centres. 
  • Shopping time in the mall limited to two hours per shopper. 
  • Exercising near homes for one to two hours, with a maximum of three people together, maintaining social distance rules. 

A number of Eid Al Fitr precautions were also announced: 

  • Avoid family visits and gatherings. 
  • Avoid distributing Eid cash gifts for children - use online banking. 
  • Eid prayers at home. 

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