Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
The Dubai authorities announced stricter measures to combat the novel corona virus on Saturday as the number of cases in the United Arab Emirates exceeded 1,500.
According to the Dubai Media Office, the movement of people and vehicles is further restricted for two weeks, with only one person per residence being allowed to leave for "essential needs" such as food and medicine.
People working in "vital sectors" – including healthcare, media and delivery – are allowed to go out, and supermarkets and pharmacies remain in operation.
However, underground and tram traffic will also be discontinued.
In addition to the restrictions on movement, the authorities announced "to extend the sterilization program to 24 hours a day in all areas and municipalities of the Emirate to protect the health and safety of the community".
The measures came into effect at 8:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Saturday and can be renewed.
The authorities added that "extensive medical tests are being carried out in densely populated areas".
The decision was made shortly after the United Arab Emirates announced 241 new, novel coronavirus infections on Saturday – the highest single-day figure since the country's outbreak.
The Gulf State now has a total of 1,505 confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease and 10 deaths. Extensive blocking measures have been enforced to curb the spread of the disease, including a continuing night-time curfew.
After Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates has the second highest number of confirmed infections in the Gulf with more than 2,000 cases and 29 deaths.
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