The UAE Cabinet has approved a package of new decisions in line with the precautionary measures taken by the government against repercussions of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) on various sectors in the country.
The decisions aim to ease the current circumstances for the citizens, residents and visitors, to preserve health and safety, and to ensure the workflow and continuity of government work in various sectors.
The Cabinet approved extending of residence visas that ended from the first of March, 2020, or within the period specified by this decision, for three months subject to renewal, and without any additional charges at renewal, in addition to exemption of any fines incurred by the current conditions.
The Cabinet also directed to stop the administrative fines for violations resulting from the services provided by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approved by the Cabinet, for a period of three months, starting from the April 1, 2020, and to be renewable.
The Cabinet further approved a decision that allows a temporary licence for a project to use digital transaction technologies for notary, in order to make it easy for citizens and residents to complete their judicial transactions under the current conditions, and to preserve safety of the judicial authorities’ visitors.
In addition, it has been approved to extend the validity of government services ending on March 1, 2020, or within the time limit specified in this decision for a period of three months, which can be extended. This will take effect from April 1, 2020, as this decision applies to renewal for all federal government services, including documents, permits, licences, commercial records and the likes.
Addressing members of the FNC, Sheikh Khalifa said that the pandemic has changed "everything" in the daily routine of people and nations, as well as the priorities of governments all around the world.
The UAE has suspended, effective March 17, all visas to all foreigners, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders.
Cabinet commends the work of health authorities and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, to ensure the health and wellbeing of all UAE citizens, residents, and visitors to the country.
The committee has approved continued strict adherence to home quarantine procedures and required testing schedules based on personal responsibility, apart from monitoring by healthcare systems to ensure compliance with precautionary measures.
The decision follows the announcement of a decreased COVID-19 infection rate in the emirate of 0.2 per cent of total tests and the activation of the green pass system to enter some public places.
Cuba has two homegrown vaccines, Abdala and Soberana, that it says are safe and effective. Both require three shots. In previous weeks, the government started vaccinating people between 11 and 18 years old.