A deserted Dubai-Sharjah Road after the commencement of the national sterilisation programme.
The Ministry of Health Prevention (MoHAP) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) began, in collaboration with relevant federal and local authorities, the 'National Disinfection Programme' which entails a complete sterilisation of all public utilities, public transport and metro services.
The programme began at 8pm on Thursday, 26 March and ends at 6am on Sunday, 29 March 2020.
During this period, the movement of the traffic and the public will be restricted, while public transpiration and metro services will be halted.
Sharjah residents after 8pm on Thursday, joined the chorus of praise for UAE health workers and obeyed government orders to stay at home.
Dubai-Sharjah Road deserted with the commencement of the national sterilisation programme to combat coronavirus.
MoHAP urged the public to stay at home during the disinfection time and not to go out unless it's absolutely necessary to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or working in vital sectors, including energy, telcommunications, health, education, security, law enforcement, military, postal service, shipping and logistics, medicines, water, food, civil aviation, airports, passports, banking and financial services, government media and the service sectors, including petrol stations and construction.
The workers' personal or work identity will be checked and verified.
Pharmacies, and food retail outlets in the UAE, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, will be allowed to operate 24 hours, as per a circular issued earlier by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA.
The two ministries also called upon the community members to follow instructions during the sanitisation time for their safety and in compliance with the precautionary measures taken by the UAE contain the coronavirus, COVID-19.
Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) in cooperation with the "Make a Wish" Foundation has granted wishes of the children who are receiving the medical care whether in MoHAP’s hospitals, or quarantine centre or those in home isolation.
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