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Combating coronavirus: Travel ban will help Abu Dhabi assess Covid-19 spread, control it

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on June 3, 2020 | Last updated on June 3, 2020 at 04.21 pm
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Dr Jamal Al Kaabi, acting undersecretary of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, said the authorities are carrying out the testing in a "systematic way".

A week-long temporary movement ban in Abu Dhabi will help authorities assess how Covid-19 is spreading and take action accordingly to control it, a top official has said. The move, which began on June 2, bans travel to and from Abu Dhabi and within its regions.

The official explained that the temporary ban will enable authorities to test the largest number of people for Covid-19. A National Screening Programme being carried out in the Capital includes testing workers and residents in high-density areas.

Dr Jamal Al Kaabi, acting undersecretary of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, said the authorities are carrying out the testing in a "systematic way".

"As you know, we have started the National Screening Programme. And in order to execute it more effectively, we have to make a sacrifice," Al Kaabi said in a video released by the Abu Dhabi Media office. "The movement ban between regions of Abu Dhabi will play a significant role in the screening process for all the targeted areas. This will ensure efficiency and the safety of all residents in high-density areas. It will also provide a clear picture on how Covid-19 is spreading in these areas so as to control its spread."

Al Kaabi called on all community members to adhere to health measures and precautions when visiting shopping malls at this time. This includes wearing masks and gloves and social distancing.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com 

Ismail Sebugwaawo


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