UAE citizens and residents called on not travel by Ministry of Health

Travellers will be checked at the airport and may be quarantined

UAE citizens and residents called on not travel by Ministry of Health

Citizens and residents of the UAE have been advised against travelling abroad unless absolutely necessary, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to reports from the WAM state news agency and Arabian Business  those who do travel will be subject to checks on their return to the UAE, and may be kept in quarantine at home.

Rapid laboratory testing and control procedures have also been activated at UAE border crossings.

According to the report, more than 30,000 tests have been carried out so far. There have been 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE. Twenty three cases are still active and five have recovered, while two are described as “serious”.

On Wednesday March 4 UAE’s Ministry of Education announced that schools will be closing for four weeks from Sunday March 8. The directive has been taken as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The decision applies to all private and public schools as well as to universities.

During the four-week closure the Ministry has assured parents that all educational facilities will undergo a sterilisation programme in a bid to avoid the spread of the viral infection that is affecting a majority of countries around the world.

On Saturday February 29 the Ministry of Education closed all nurseries for a period of two weeks, until Sunday March 15 and also put a stop to all educational extra-curricular activities, school trips and internal gatherings.

This initiative extends the four-week scheduled spring break, which was due to start on Sunday March 29, by two weeks. Meaning that schools will be closed from Sunday March 8 until Sunday April 5.

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