UAE says 50% of federal government staff to return to offices from June 7

Half of all government staff in the UAE will return to work on Sunday, June 7. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 04 June 2020

UAE says 50% of federal government staff to return to offices from June 7

  • The government’s announcement stressed the need for employees to maintain precautionary measures

DUBAI: Half of all government staff in the UAE will return to work on Sunday, June 7, as the country begins to return to some level of normality amid the coronavirus global pandemic. 
The government said late on Wednesday that the decision followed the successful return of federal staff at a 30 percent level last week.
“The move falls within the efforts to restore normalcy of government work and the gradual return of employees and services,” a statement cited by state news agency WAM said. 
Pregnant women, the disabled, as well as those with compromised immunity and chronic diseases, including asthma and diabetes, will be exempted from returning to offices, and will continue to work remotely.
Elderly and females caring for children in grade nine and below and children with disabilities whose conditions entail constant care are also exempt from returning to offices. employees in shared accommodation with people who are susceptible to health risks and are in constant contact with them will also remain working from home. 
The government’s announcement stressed the need for employees to maintain precautionary measures, including physical distancing to ensure the safety of staff.


UAE to complete more than two million COVID-19 tests in two months

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UAE to complete more than two million COVID-19 tests in two months

  • The UAE has recorded 528 new cases of the virus on Monday, bringing total infections to 52,068
  • An offficial said it was important to expand testing across the country for early detection and treatment

DUBAI: The UAE has announced its plan to conduct more than two million COVID-19 tests in the next to months, as part of the country’s extensive campaign to curb the spread of the virus.

Emirati spokesperson Dr. Amna Al-Dahhak Al-Shamsi said it was important to expand testing across the country for early detection and treatment.

Al-Shamsi said the government was working with all health institutions in the country to see the plan through, which includes mass testing of public-facing workers in both public and private sectors such as taxi drivers, hospitality workers, and those working in retail.

The UAE has recorded 528 new cases of the virus on Monday, bringing total infections to 52,068.

The spokesperson noted the increase of cases during the last weekend, and said it was due to negligence of people. She said irresponsible behavior could lead to the undoing of the country’s successes in fighting the pandemic.

She urged the public to fully comply with instructions issued by relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai said the return of flights to the city’s airports was a necessary move to support the hard-hit aviation sector.

GDRFA’s Director-General Mohammed Ahmed Al-Marri said the decision to allow flights was going to “herald a new phase of supporting economic activities” in the country.

There has been an increase in the number of passengers visiting Dubai since the lockdown was lifted, Deputy Director-General of Airports Affairs Talal Ahmed Al-Shanqeeti said, adding it represented a positive boost in the tourism sector.