Everyone advised to stay at home except for absolute necessity: UAE government

Authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical and emergency cases and to use face masks

  
A view shows an empty metro station following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18, 2020.

A view shows an empty metro station following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18, 2020.

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ABU DHABI: The UAE has urged the public to stay at home except in cases of necessity, including getting essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or performing essential jobs.

In a joint statement today, the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged the public to comply with the instructions issued by competent health and security authorities, primarily limiting social contacts and avoiding crowded places to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

"The public are also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per car. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings as part of the precautionary measures," added the statement.

The two authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical and emergency cases and to use face masks.

"Additional instructions will be issued later involving the use of public transport, taxis and other means of transportation," said the statement.

The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, added the statement.

© Copyright Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2020.

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