People are seen at the Dubai Ice Rink in The Dubai Mall in Dubai. Reuters
Dubai, the regional tourism and business hub, shuttered cinemas, arcades and gyms over the fear of coronavirus spread in the country.
Dubai's large Global Village shopping and entertainment market, which runs from November to March each year, said it was closing early. The UAE capital Abu Dhabi shut down public beaches and parks.
The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange said on Sunday it was closing all its trading halls until further notice, a day after Kuwait's bourse said it would do the same.
The Department of Economic Development (DED) directed all cinemas, theme parks, amusement games and electronic game centres, bodybuilding and fitness gyms and spring camps licensed in Dubai to halt activities and services until the end of the month.
Dubai Municipality said it was temporarily closing all public parks and entertainment venues in line with precautionary measures to safeguard public health, starting on March 15, 2020 until further notice.
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority announced the temporary closure of museums, historical sites and public libraries in Dubai with immediate effect, from Sunday, till the end of the month.
Global Village announced the early closure of its 2019-2020 season with immediate effect.
The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) directed that all events in #Dubai should be suspended from Sunday till the end of the month.
The DTCM also directed all entertainment destinations to suspend operations and all hospitality establishments and wedding halls to suspend wedding events or celebrations from Sunday 15 March 2020 till the end of the month. Inspections will be carried out to verify compliance with this circular.
Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate for the same period at 20% of capacity, and as long as customers are at least two metres apart, and for delivery services, subject to review.
The ministry also announced that 35 cases fully recovered from the virus, after receiving treatment, bringing the total recovered cases to 96.
Preventable measures include covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing to reduce the spread of flu viruses, regular hand washing with water and soap, and sanitation, as well as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that cause flu.
A four-year-old female tiger named Nadia at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for coronavirus, likely the first case involving an animal in the US.
He had been scheduled to re-emerge on Friday after a week of recovery and working remotely, but said he would remain at home because he still had a high temperature — one of the symptoms.
The Department of Dhafra Hospitals affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company “Seha” opens today “Monday” the screening centre for covid-19 in Madinat Zayed, next to Madinat Zayed Council in Al Dhafra Region. The centre’s daily capacity reaches up to 300 people.