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Mohammed Alaa, Staff Reporter
Mariam Yaed Al Qubaisi, Director of Information and Communication Department and official spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), revealed that NCEMA in partnership with its strategic partner has a 24-hour mechanism to detect rumours and track those who promote them. The NCEMA takes the necessary measures that include responding to or denying the rumours through the official mass media and take legal action against those who promote them, she added.
The detected rumours are evaluated in terms of its impact on the internal community and whether or not they raise public concern and affect the UAE reputation, she said.
She called on the UAE society to follow all the directives issued by the official authorities because the safety of the UAE citizens and residents is a top priority for the UAE wise leadership and the national system dealing with this challenge.
Al Qubaisi advised the UAE citizens and residents to check with the official sources before circulating any information.
An earlier report said the UAE government has been proactive in taking all the required precautionary measures to address the dangers posed by COVID-19, Dr. Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, UAE Attorney-General, (AG) said on Monday.
“Spreading fake information and rumours is a crime punishable by law,” he added in a media briefing on the circulation of coronavirus-related rumours on social media.
He warned people against circulating false information and rumours about the spread of the novel virus, urging them to stop sharing videos showing families stocking food and other grocery products.
“Such material unjustifiably trigger unnecessary fear and panic among residents,” he explained. There was also false information spreading on social media that people should stay at home and are not allowed in public places,” said Al Shamsi, adding that a number of people have been caught for such irresponsible acts.
The Consulate General of India, Dubai, is flooded with help calls with Covid-19 concern as most of the queries have been about flights for going back to India, seeking medical help in Dubai and Northern Emirates, extension of visas in the UAE and food and medicine requirements.
Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys, said Asia’s economic recovery is not far away, provided the pace of vaccination is increased so the region arrives at a herd immunity.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Tuesday 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.
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.