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UAE fights coronavirus: Abu Dhabi extends travel ban for one week, starting June 9

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 9, 2020 | Last updated on June 9, 2020 at 06.31 am
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The ban covers movements between Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafrah.

The movement restrictions on entering and exiting Abu Dhabi and travelling between its regions has been extended for another one week starting from June 9, authorities have announced.

The movement restrictions had begun on June 2 to ensure mass Covid-19 testing in order to contain the spread of the virus. The ban was meant to last for a week.

But on Monday evening, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) decided to to extend the ban for another seven days.

"The ban covers movements between Abu Dhabi's regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafrah) as well as in and out of the emirate. It applies to all Abu Dhabi residents, including UAE Nationals," the Abu Dhabi Media Office said on Twitter.

"Exemptions are available by special permit for employees in vital sectors, chronic disease patients visiting hospitals and the transportation of necessary goods. Movement within each region is allowed in line with National Sterilisation Programme hours."

Officials said the step aims to enhance the effectiveness of the expanded National Screening Programme, among a series of precautionary and preventative measures being taken to reduce contact, curb the spread of Covid-19, and protect the health and safety of all community members.

An official from the DoH earlier said that the travel ban was very important because it would help to have a comprehensive view of the Covid-19 cases in the aforementioned areas and to curb the spread of the virus in other places.

Ismail Sebugwaawo

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