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The coronavirus outbreak has affected many lives of professionals and homemakers alike the world over, derailing their programmes. However, there are some people who carry on with their plans, particularly those wishing to go overseas either on official or company work or spend holidays.
In this context the UAE on Thursday warned its citizens and its foreign residents not to travel anywhere abroad amid the ongoing worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
A man wearing a surgical mask looks on as the pack rides by during stage five of the UAE Cycling Tour in Dubai. File/AFP
The country's Ministry of Health warning comes as the country coordinated with various embassies to evacuate Arab nationals from hard-hit Hubei in China to a quarantine set up in the Emirates Humanitarian City. They include citizens of Egypt, Sudan and Yemen.
Health officials warned that those travelling abroad could face quarantine themselves at the discretion of authorities. The UAE is home to some 9 million people, with only about a million estimated to be Emiratis.
"The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while."
Authorities concerned affirmed that the UAE is cooperating with competent Iranian authorities to facilitate the operation as per operating systems and procedures and to ensure the safety of visitors and those responsible for the evacuation operations.
Joint humanitarian efforts saw the completion of the project within 48 hours since the UAE's announcement of evacuating students from neighbouring countries from the city of Wuhan on Wednesday.
Coronavirus concerns led Saudi Arabia to cut off air and sea travel with Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, South Korea, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. The kingdom had earlier closed off its land borders as well.
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Authorities have apprehended, warned and penalised around 700,000 people since March for violating measures such as ignoring physical distancing and not wearing masks, police data shows.