The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) nationals wishing to enter the UAE should undergo COVID-19 medical test and place themselves under house quarantine for 14 days, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Friday.
Wuhan was where the outbreak first took hold and thousands once lay sick or dying in hurriedly constructed hospitals. But Chinese authorities said on Thursday that all 34 new cases recorded over the previous day had been imported from abroad.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed thanked Saudi Arabia and King Salman for organising the G20 summit, to strengthen the international efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Holding the summit highlighted the awareness of G20 members of the gravity of the situation and their international responsibilities during this critical period, he added.
This statement was made in a circular issued by the Ministry of Education and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, as a preventive and precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students and in line with the national efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.
The region has expanded measures to combat the spread of the disease, with Kuwait taking some of the most drastic steps including suspending international flights, as has Saudi Arabia.
Cheering erupted from balconies and windows in Lebanon, as the country's citizens celebrated their "heroic" medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement comes amid uncertainty over the Hajj which is due to take place at the end of July, after authorities this week urged Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.
The tallies, using data collected by the media offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency cited Saleh Bin Taher Banten's remarks in stories early on Wednesday, saying that Muslims should "be patient” in making their plans for the Hajj. The pilgrimage was expected to begin in late July this year.
The mother was admitted to Al Zahra Hospital Dubai on May 2, with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and 37 weeks pregnant. The mother is expected to be discharged after the 3rd negative test result for COVID-19. The baby has also been tested for the virus and the results are awaited.