Health volunteers pass through a sterilisation chamber installed to disinfect residents entering and leaving the Naif area in Dubai. AFP
Gulf Today ReportDubai has extended a 24-hour-a-day sterilisation programme to control the spread of the coronavirus by a week, the government said on Friday.
Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, chaired by Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced the news. The extension follows the positive impact of the two-week sterilisation operations and intensified restrictions on movement aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
The programme will continue till April 24 until further notice.
The Dubai movement permit system will continue to be in place during the extended sterilisation period, the Committee confirmed. Concerned teams from Dubai Police are working at their fullest capacity to issue movement permits speedily.
Vital sectors and essential services will remain exempt from the restrictions as per the previous directives, with few amendments that have been also announced to raise the level of protective measures, based on an assessment of the results of measures implemented in the last two weeks.
The Committee stressed on the need for everyone to abide by the instructions and precautionary guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Dubai Health Authority.
Abu Dhabi Police patrols, residents joined the ‘Together We Chant for UAE’ initiative launched by the Maitha Bint Ahmed Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Foundation. The initiative aims to give the opportunity to citizens and residents to express their love by singing the national anthem of the UAE at 9pm.
The initiative supports workers in the first line of defence in the medical and sterilisation programme.
It highlights the unity and social cohesion the UAE has embedded in the society.
The Dubai Police have installed a sterilisation gate in Naif area to secure a safe exit and entry for the residents living there, according to Brig. Gen. Tariq Mohammad Noor Tahlak, Director of the Naif Police Station.
Dubai Investments Park [DIP], the unique integrated commercial, industrial & residential community in the Middle East, wholly-owned by Dubai Investments PJSC, initiated a disinfection drive across all common areas in Dubai Investments Park zones, supplementing Dubai Municipality sterilization drive, implemented as part of the precautionary measures against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
"It is nice to be back home. Dubai is my home and my children’s home," Mark Hill, a British national, who has been living in the city for two decades, said after landing at Dubai International Airport.
True to the deeply embedded value in the community, volunteers of SANID (Arabic for Support), the National Emergency Response Volunteer Programme of the Emirates Foundation, have come together to back national efforts aimed at safeguarding the safety, health and well-being of the community.
The government called on those who have an entry permit, visa, issued from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, or Fujairah, to verify its validity, and the date of issuance and expiry date through the eChannel platform of the ICP.
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“SP will be missed…may his memory is a blessing… we all continue to be inspired by his life and ideals,” Sheikh Nahyan said. “I greatly admired his wisdom and generosity, and I continue to marvel at all that was accomplished by him,” Sheikh Nahyan added.