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Abu Dhabi closes cinemas, video game centres and lounges as coronavirus cases in UAE reach 85

Anyone failing to abide by new ruling can face fine of up to AED10,000

Abu Dhabi closes cinemas, video game centres and lounges as coronavirus cases in UAE reach 85

Closures come as a new case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the UAE, taking the total number to 85.

Cinemas, video game centres and lounges in Abu Dhabi have been ordered to close their doors, to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Information sent out in two separate circulars, from the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), called for “entertainment destinations in the emirate to temporarily suspend operations”.

Rashid Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, ADDED undersecretary, said temporary closure is aimed at helping people avoid crowded places and warned of severe penalties for anyone flouting the law.

"Those who will not abide by the decision will be punishable under Article 72 of ADDED's Table of Fines which specifies a pecuniary penalty in the range of AED3,000-AED10,000 and ultimately closing the facility in case of a repeat infraction," Al Balooshi explained.

It comes as a new case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the UAE, taking the total number to 85.

An Indian national tested positive for Covid-19 on returning to the UAE after spending his annual leave abroad.

"All those who were in contact with the patient have been examined and have all tested negative for the virus,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP).

Meanwhile, MoHaP has announced the full recovery of three patients, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the country to 23.

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