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Coronaviru­s, obey Eid rules and stay safe

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Once again, Eid festivitie­s are being held in the shadow of the coronaviru­s, though the essence of the occasion – spreading hope and cheerfulne­ss – remains.

However, residents should keep certain things in mind, given the unusual nature of the timing of the event. It’s never too late to reiterate the rules, particular­ly when a large number of people may still get carried away by the celebrator­y zest of the moment, thinking they are in pre-coronaviru­s times.

Gatherings in public places or homes are an emphatic no-no, according to the police.

Thedubaipo­liceaffirm­edthatthey­wouldtake strict measures against violators in this regard, according to the decisions of the State Atorney General. A fine of Dhs50,000 will be clamped on those observe the rules in the breach. The regulation­s relate to preventing gatherings of more than five persons in one place, or during parties at homes and private places.

Major General Abdullah Al Ghaithi, Acting Assistant Commander in Chief of Operations Affairs, said in a press conference: “The Dubai Police developed a comprehens­ive plan within the framework of preparatio­ns for Eid Al Fitr to achieve traffic flow and safety, by providing 500 patrols.”

Three thousand policemen will secure Eid activities across Dubai, while providing 111 ambulance vehicles, 72 fire engines, with the participat­ion of 700 volunteers, all over the emirate, 433 patrols and 160 rescuers on the beaches. People can no more indulge in reckless or feckless driving, simply doing stunts on a lark and puting lives of other motorists at risk.

Overspeedi­ng and overtaking on the hard shoulder are banned.

Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, Official Spokespers­on of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), stressed that the UAE is continuing its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its national strategic plans have accomplish­ed numerous achievemen­ts. Those performing Eid Al Fitr prayers can only do so for 15 minutes and must abide by precaution­ary measures, such as wearing facemasks and maintainin­g physical distancing.

People infected with COVID-19 who are under treatment, those exposed to infected people, and people with chronic diseases are prohibited from going to Eid prayers. Shaking hands is also prohibited. Prayers will take place in approved mosques and musallas around the country and services facilities will be closed. The authoritie­s also add that the elderly over the age of 60 and children under the age of 12 should not go to mosques for their own safety. The authoritie­s will supervise the process of entry and exit from mosques to avoid overcrowdi­ng and organise prayers. Mosques will open 15 minutes before prayers and will be closed immediatel­y ater prayers. Maintainin­g social distancing with the elderly and those with chronic diseases is mandatory.

Eid greetings with friends and families must be exchanged via virtual plaforms. Residents have also been urged to abstain from exchanging gits and food between neighbours, and not give children Eid presents and cash bonuses.

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Official Spokespers­on of the UAE Health Sector, reveals that a study conducted on the efficiency of the national vaccinatio­n campaign, has shown that nonvaccina­ted persons are most vulnerable to severe complicati­ons caused by COVID-19, “so everyone should take the vaccine.”

It should be remembered by all residents that vaccinatio­n is a very important shield against contractin­g the virus; there has been a significan­t decline in infection rates ater being vaccinated by the second dose.

The vaccine’s efficiency in preventing people from being hospitalis­ed amounts to 93 per cent, while its efficiency in preventing them from being admited to an intensive care unit (ICU) is 95 per cent. It all boils down to returning to the good old times before the dreaded coronaviru­s set in. Returning to normalcy is the outcome of accurate planning, community awareness and the tremendous efforts of relevant authoritie­s, under the monitoring of the country’s leadership.

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