What The UAE Is Doing To Curb The Coronavirus

11 March 2020
A handout image provided by Emirates airlines on March 8, 2020 in Dubai shows a member of the cleaning staff disinfecting seat screens aboard an Emirates Airbus A380-800 aircraft for sterilisation efforts against COVID-19 coronavirus disease. (Photo by - / Emirates Airlines / AFP)
A handout image provided by Emirates airlines on March 8, 2020 in Dubai shows a member of the cleaning staff disinfecting seat screens aboard an Emirates Airbus A380-800 aircraft for sterilisation efforts against COVID-19 coronavirus disease. (Photo by - / Emirates Airlines / AFP)
Concerts have been cancelled but here are the new measures being put in place to halt COVID-19

The UAE has already begun to take action in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus, but from last week’s cancelling of big concerts, things have now been stepped up even further.

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It was announced yesterday that there were 15 new Coronavirus cases confirmed in the UAE, bringing the total number to 74. The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention confirmed the latest cases on Tuesday March 11.

Events and concerts were being postponed as early as two weeks ago, with the UAE tour cycling event being called off after members of riders support teams tested positive for the virus while in Abu Dhabi.

After that came the concerts and public gatherings, with Ultra Abu Dhabi and Club Social, two large music gatherings set to play host to Liam Gallagher, The Kaiser Chiefs, Afrojack and Alesso being postponed.

Now though, there are further measures being put into place to help limit the spread of this new coronavirus strain, COVID-19.

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Airport checks

Last week the Dubai Health Authority began conducting discreet thermal scanning on all passengers coming into the Emirate by plane. Thermal cameras placed at points through the airport scan passengers for increased body temperatures. Meanwhile, passengers from higher risk ‘affected’ countries could be nasal swabbed.

Flexible working or closing offices

According to a survey conducted by Korn Ferry and covered in The National, six in 10 UAE businesses have introduced flexible working hours or closed their offices as a precaution. These measures include reducing travel and encouraging video or audio conferences rather than face to face meetings.

Vijay Gandhi, regional director for Korn Ferry Digital, told The National

“As more people work from home, companies will realise they have similar or greater productivity.”

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Global consultancy Edelman also announced that they had closed their Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices after a member of staff tested positive for COVID 19

Increased cleaning

With 1.5 million daily commuters in Dubai, your journey to work needs to be clean. RTA announced a ‘cleaning and sterilization campaign’ that covers all public transport in Dubai. That means the Dubai Metro, trams, public buses and taxis are being deep cleaned by over 1,000 workers.

Holding Sport behind closed doors

Like much of the rest of the sporting world, many events are now taking palce behind closed doors. As Manchester City have their match with Arsenal postponed and players quarantined in the UK, horse racing in the UAE will go ahead, but to empty stands. The next four UAE race meets at Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Meydan will still run, but without crowds.

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