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UAE official warns of second wave if rules are not followed Filed on August 24, 2020 | Last updated on August 24, 2020 at 06.33 am
Obey rules, face, second wave, Covid-19, UAE residents, warned,

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The authorities would consider reintroducing the national sterilisation programme in areas where an outbreak is detected.

The UAE could be at risk of a second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak if residents do not adhere to the strict precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, a top official has warned.

"The pandemic has not ended. If UAE residents do not adhere to preventive measures, we will be on the verge of a second outbreak," Obaid Al Hussan Al Shamsi, director-general of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, said on Sunday in an interview on Abu Dhabi TV.

The official also said the authorities would consider reintroducing the national sterilisation programme in areas where an outbreak is detected.

Following the rise in the number of infections in the past two weeks, health authorities had called on residents not to be complacent. The public was asked to strictly follow safety guidelines: Wear masks, avoid gatherings and follow social distancing norms.

Al Shamsi cited the return of UAE residents from different parts of the world as one of the reasons behind the recent spike in cases.
"The return of residents was a major factor in the increase in Covid-19 infections in the country, and so is the complacency in adhering to precautionary measures.

"The increase in the number of infections was expected," he added.

Warning about the possibility of restoring the nationwide sterilisation programme, the official said: "We do not impose measures to restrict freedoms, we impose measures to protect the community of the UAE." 


Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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