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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE authorities have decided to suspend all prayers in mosques, chapels, places of worship and their facilities throughout the country over coronavirus fears. The decision starts from Monday March 16 at 9pm for four weeks in order to ensure the safety of individuals and the health of society.
The decision comes in implementation of the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the UAE in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and a commitment to national and humanitarian responsibility and according to the instructions of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and the fatwa of the Emirates Council for Legal Fatwa in coordination with the federal and local religious and health authorities.
The decision to suspend prayers in mosques, chapels, places of worship and their facilities will be reviewed four weeks from now.
The National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management and the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments called on citizens, residents and visitors alike to comply with this directive, which is in the interest of the homeland and community security and the health of its members in light of the current conditions in the world.
Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, says country is approaching 7 million vaccines in more than 205 medical centres in different regions of the country.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Saturday that, its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
The latest phase of these repatriation flights, known as the "Vande Bharat Mission," began on March 1 and will last till March 28. Slightly more than 1,350 international flights are scheduled to be operated from 28 countries in this phase, enabling an estimated 260,000 Indians to travel home.
Iranian state TV reported that rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit area and added there were no casualties.
The blast was so powerful that it toppled the truck carrying police officers into a ravine, police chief Meher said, adding that the bombing also damaged a nearby car carrying members of a family. He said that the anti-polio campaign will continue even after the bombing.
Sheikh Sultan called on farmers to cooperate with Sharjah government in developing and maintaining their farms and establishing specialised farms, stressing that he will provide the necessary support for electricity and water services at reduced prices.
The COVID-19 Drive-Through Services Centres in Abu Dhabi which will remain open are Rabdan, Manhal; Al Ain: Al Sarouj, Asharej. In addition, the COVID-19 Prime Assessment Centres in Mushrif Wedding Hall in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Convention Centre will remain open.