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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.
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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.
"I am appealing to the people to stay at home. We have to keep ourselves and our children safe," Murad Ali Shah was quoted as saying while presiding over the coronavirus task force meeting on Friday.
This statement was made in a circular issued by the Ministry of Education and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, as a preventive and precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students and in line with the national efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.
The airline will operate a mix of outbound only passenger flights as well as cargo flights during the month of April to India, Afghanistan, Iran, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sudan, Egypt and Nepal.
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.
The Coromandel Express, which runs from Kolkata to Chennai, derailed and fell on the opposite track, with many people still trapped, the reports said.
Sheikh Mohammed added in a tweet on Twitter: "We found its executive director at the service counters, receiving customers, speeding up procedures, and contributing to clearing transactions. The secret shopper assured us that providing the service did not exceed five minutes."
The first lady arrived in Cairo from Amman, where she attended the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein. She is travelling to Morocco on Saturday before heading to Portugal, the final stop of her tour, on Monday.