Dubai lifts lockdown on Al Ras and Naif commercial districts

Dubai lifts lockdown on Al Ras and Naif commercial districts
Men in masks and disposable gloves to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, walk through a traditional souq as many shops remain closed due to the outbreak in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 26, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 27 April 2020

Dubai lifts lockdown on Al Ras and Naif commercial districts

Dubai lifts lockdown on Al Ras and Naif commercial districts
  • Both areas recorded no COVID-19 cases in the last two days
  • Restrictions on movement will remain in place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

DUBAI: Dubai said on Sunday it has lifted its full lockdown on two commercial districts known as Al-Ras and Naif, which had been sealed off as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said it took the decision as both areas recorded no COVID-19 cases in the last two days. 
Intensive preventive measures implemented in the densely populated and commercially active areas of Naif and Al-Ras included rigorous sterilization operations and extensive medical tests.  
It said more than 6,000 tests were conducted among Al-Ras and Naif residents in less than a month.
Restrictions on movement will remain in place in these areas between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. - the same as the rest of the emirate.
The committee said the decision to reduce the 24-hour controls on movement follow the success of efforts to combat COVID-19 in Dubai.
Dubai on Friday allowed dine-in cafes and restaurants to resume business with a maximum capacity of 30 percent and shopping malls to be reopened partially. Mosques, cinemas and playgrounds remained closed. 
The UAE has reported more than 10,300 cases and 76 deaths resulting from the virus.

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