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Dubai bans labour movement between emirates amid Covid-19

Abu Dhabi has also restricted the movement of blue-collar workers

Dubai bans labour movement between emirates amid Covid-19

The transport of labor workers to areas outside of Dubai will be prohibited.

The Dubai Municipality on Tuesday issued a circular restricting the movement of blue-collar workers to other emirates as it aims to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

It follows an earlier decision this week by Abu Dhabi to restrict the entry of laborers into the capital.

In a circular it sent out on Tuesday, the authority said: "In compliance with Dubai Municipality's ongoing goal towards the public health and safety of all sectors of the community, especially in the current climate that requires the social cooperation and adherence to the preemptive medical guidelines issued from the official public health authorities, measures must be taken.

"The transport of labor workers to areas outside of Dubai will be prohibited, as movement will be restricted to the boundaries of the emirate, the purpose of which is to restrict the outside entry of workers not residing in Dubai, and to be implemented to date."

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development said this week that blue-collar workers cannot leave the city.

"Companies are no longer permitted to send workers out of Abu Dhabi, and must limit their travel to within Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra,” it said in a statement.

"The precautionary and preventative measures are taken to protect the health and safety of workers from the spread of the coronavirus and reducing the likelihood of infection,” it added.

The UAE today announced 412 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of detected cases in the country to 4,933. It also revealed three more deaths as a result of Covid-19, bringing the total number of people who have died in the country to 28.

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