UAE to shorten COVID-19 prevention curfew by two hours

A young boy prepares to fly a kite on a public beach with the Burj Al-Arab hotel behind him in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP/Jon Gambrell)
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Updated 29 May 2020

UAE to shorten COVID-19 prevention curfew by two hours

  • The curfew, officially called “the national sanitization program,” will run from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m as of Saturday
  • The country has reported a total of 33,170 cases and 260 deaths from the disease

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will shorten a nightly curfew meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus by two hours from Saturday by two hours, the country’s Emirates News Agency said on Friday.

The curfew, officially called “the national sanitization program,” will run from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m as of Saturday. It currently starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m.

The country has reported a total of 33,170 cases and 260 deaths from the disease.

Last month, emirates began issuing movement permits as the sterilization project continued.

People had to apply to be allowed to leave their homes.


Turkey’s Erdogan says only solution in Mediterranean is dialogue

Updated 23 min 39 sec ago

Turkey’s Erdogan says only solution in Mediterranean is dialogue

ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that the only solution to Turkey’s dispute with Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean was through dialogue and negotiation, and Ankara was not chasing any “adventures” in the region.
Turkey and Greece, NATO allies, are vehemently at odds over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources in the region, and tensions have risen since Ankara launched exploration operations in a disputed area of the Mediterranean on Monday, in a move Greece called illegal.
Speaking to members of his ruling AK Party, Erdogan said the escalation of tensions in the region was caused by Greece, and urged Athens to respect Turkey’s rights. “The path to a solution in the eastern Mediterranean is via dialogue and negotiation. We are not chasing any unnecessary adventures or seeking tensions,” he said.