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Covid-19 impact in UAE: 84% decline in traffic accidents, zero deaths in Sharjah

Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah
afkarali@khaleejtimes.com Filed on April 7, 2020 | Last updated on April 7, 2020 at 03.55 pm
Covid-19, impact, UAE, 84%, decline, traffic accidents, zero deaths, Sharjah

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There were no serious or fatal accidents recorded during the sterilisation drive.

Traffic accidents have dropped by 84 per cent and no road fatalities recorded in Sharjah since the implementation of the national sterilisation programme to check the rapid march of Covid-19.

Four moderate accidents have been witnessed during the period this year as compared to 24 in 2019, said Lt Col Mohammed Allai Al Naqbi, director of traffic and patrols department at Sharjah Police. There were no serious or fatal accidents recorded during the sterilisation drive that starts from 8pm until 6am every day.

He pointed out that the commitment of the community members to stay in their homes and not step out except to run necessary errands and adhering to traffic laws have contributed to reducing the accidents and maintaining road safety and security during this difficult time.

Al Allai said there is continuous deployment of police patrols, who alert the public half an hour before the start of sterilisation campaign daily to stay indoors to enable the teams carry out their work smoothly. "The cooperation of the public reflects their awareness about the importance of precautionary measures being taken to combat coronavirus," he added.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com 

Afkar Abdullah


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