UAE launches dis­in­fec­tion cam­paign, curbs trans­port

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The UAE Min­istry of Health Preven­tion (MOHAP) and the Min­istry of In­te­rior (MOI) have an­nounced, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with rel­e­vant fed­eral and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, the “Na­tional Dis­in­fec­tion Pro­gramme” which en­tails a com­plete ster­il­i­sa­tion of all pub­lic util­i­ties, pub­lic trans­port and metro ser­vices dur­ing the week­end.

The pro­gramme will be­gin at 08:00pm on Thurs­day and ends at 06:00am on Sun­day.

More than 488,900 peo­ple have been in­fected by the novel coro­n­avirus across the world and 22,095 have died, ac­cord­ing to a Reuters tally on Thurs­day.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, the move­ment of the traf­fic and the pub­lic will be re­stricted, while pub­lic trans­porta­tion and metro ser­vices will be halted, while pri­vate cars and de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles can op­er­ate out­side those hours. Only es­sen­tial ser­vice work­ers would be al­lowed out and vi­o­la­tors will face fines.

Fur­ther to the de­ci­sion of the MOHAP and MOI, the Na­tional Me­dia Coun­cil (NMC) has de­cided to al­low a max­i­mum of 30 per cent of the workforce of each non-gov­ern­ment me­dia out­let to work across the day dur­ing the dis­in­fec­tion pe­riod with all nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures to be taken to en­sure com­pli­ance to the de­ci­sion.

NMC calls upon all me­dia in­sti­tu­tions to ded­i­cate all their pro­fes­sional and tech­ni­cal re­sources to ed­u­cate the pub­lic in all lan­guages on the new pro­ce­dures to en­sure safety of the so­ci­ety and its pro­tec­tion.

NMC also urges all non-gov­ern­ment me­dia per­son­nel to carry their me­dia ID cards dur­ing the dis­in­fec­tion pe­riod.

Ear­lier in the day, the UAE Min­istry of Hu­man

Re­sources & Emi­rati­sa­tion and the Fed­eral Au­thor­ity for Iden­tity and Cit­i­zen­ship, have an­nounced ex­emp­tion of labour­ers whose work per­mits have ex­pired from the med­i­cal tests.

Work per­mits and res­i­dence visas will be is­sued and re­newed au­to­mat­i­cally for labour­ers em­ployed by com­pa­nies and sup­port ser­vice staff such as do­mes­tic work­ers as part of pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures taken by the UAE to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The cen­tral bank of the uae (cbuae) has di­rected banks to re­plen­ish ATMS with new ban­knotes of all de­nom­i­na­tions and to en­sure the avail­abil­ity dur­ing the salary pay­ment cy­cle this month.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, the move is in line with the ef­forts to pre­vent the spread of coro­n­avirus and to en­sure the health and safety of bank cus­tomers.

The CBUAE has also ad­vised banks to im­me­di­ately im­ple­ment ad­di­tional pre­ven­tive mea­sures re­gard­ing the ATM us­age, such as sani­tis­ing all ATMS on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and pro­vid­ing pre­ven­tive equip­ment (dis­pos­able la­tex gloves) to all cus­tomers while us­ing the ATMS at all times.

Mean­while, the Shar­jah Pub­lic Li­braries, an af­fil­i­ate of the Shar­jah Book Au­thor­ity, has an­nounced that it will be of­fer­ing global read­ers from all age groups free ac­cess to its “Dig­i­tal

Li­brary” for three months.

Valid from April to June 2020, the free ac­cess will of­fer global read­ers more than six mil­lion ebooks and elec­tronic re­sources in more than 10 lan­guages.

The In­dian gov­ern­ment ex­tended the ban on all in­ter­na­tional flight op­er­a­tions till April 14 to con­tain the spread of COVID-19.

The re­stric­tion will not ap­ply to in­ter­na­tional cargo op­er­a­tions and flights, which have specif­i­cally been ap­proved by it.

At present, do­mes­tic flight op­er­a­tions are banned till March 31.

Nine doc­tors have died in the Philip­pines from the coro­n­avirus, the country’s top med­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tion said, as hos­pi­tals were over­whelmed and medics com­plained about a lack of pro­tec­tion on the front­lines.

Global job losses from the coro­n­avirus cri­sis could far ex­ceed the 25 mil­lion es­ti­mated just days ago, UN of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day, as US job­less claims surged to record lev­els, starkly show­ing the scale of the eco­nomic dis­as­ter.

The In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion, a UN agency, had es­ti­mated a week ago that, based on dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios for the im­pact of the pandemic on growth, the global ranks of the job­less would rise by be­tween 5.3 mil­lion and 24.7 mil­lion.

Saudi Ara­bia has re­leased 250 for­eign de­tainees held on im­mi­gra­tion and res­i­dency of­fences as part of ef­forts to con­tain the spread of the dis­ease, the state-backed Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion said on Thurs­day. Bahrain and Kuwait have also an­nounced pris­oner re­leases.

Ster­il­i­sa­tion cam­paign to take place till Sun­day; NMC lim­its staff pres­ence at me­dia of­fices to 30%; res­i­dence visas to be re­newed au­to­mat­i­cally for labour­ers; banks told to re­plen­ish ATMS with new notes; In­dia ex­tends ban on flights.

Al Khaleej

↑ A de­serted Dubai-shar­jah Road af­ter the com­mence­ment of the na­tional ster­il­i­sa­tion pro­gramme to com­bat the coro­n­avirus on Thurs­day evening.

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