UAE tells people to stay in doors from Thursday during 3-day disinfection program or face prosecution

A man wearing a protective mask stands at a racetrack overlooking Dubai following the UAE's decision to postpone the upcoming Dubai Horse Racing amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)
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Updated 27 March 2020

UAE tells people to stay in doors from Thursday during 3-day disinfection program or face prosecution

  • The “national disinfection program” will take place over the weekend
  • The movement of people and traffic will be restricted during this period

DUBAI: The UAE government has told people to stay in doors over the weekend or face fines and even jail as workers carry out an extensive program to disinfect public facilities and transport including the Dubai Metro to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 
The “national disinfection program” will take place over the weekend and will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and end at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.  
The movement of people and traffic will be restricted during this period, and public transport, including Dubai Metro, will close. 
Citizens and residents are urged to stay at home for the duration of the program, except to buy food and medicine, receive healthcare or to work in vital sectors.
Vital sectors include energy, banking, communications, postal services, shipping, water and food, civil aviation and construction.

People caught flouting the order will face fines and possible jail terms.


Bahrain to spend $570m on private sector salaries

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Bahrain to spend $570m on private sector salaries

  • Bahrain's government will spend $570 million on paying salaries to all 100,000 of its citizens employed in the private sector from April to June

DUBAI: Bahrain’s government will spend $570 million in salaries for 100,000 private sector workers from April to June to help with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the labor ministry said on Wednesday.
The government will also pay electricity and water bills for all Bahraini citizens and businesses and will extend some tax breaks on properties and tourism, it said in a statement.
The initiative is part of a $11 billion stimulus package announced by the government for the private sector to mitigate the impact on the economy from the outbreak.