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In pictures: Deserted streets as massive 3-day sterilisation programme begins in UAE

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Published on March 27, 2020 at 05.03

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The UAE launched a massive disinfection campaign on Thursday evening to rid the country of the coronavirus causing Covid-19, even as the number of global cases closed in on the half-million mark. (Photo by Shihab/KT)
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The UAE campaign, called the National Disinfection Program, will continue on Friday and Saturday, at the same times, from 8pm-6am. (Photo credit: Dubai Media Office)
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Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai was deserted on Thursday night as authorities have urged the general public to stay at home over this weekend to allow the national sterilisation programme to take effect. (Photo credit: Dubai Media Office)
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On Thursday night, heroic cleaning professionals, overseen by government authorities and heads of various municipalities were seen conducting the clean-up drive. Photo by M. Sajjad
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People must stay at home and traffic would be restricted during these times. (Photo credit: Dubai Media Office)
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Public transport like the Dubai Metro and buses will not ply during these hours.
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The Ministry of Interior said people will be allowed to go out during the day and normal traffic would be allowed before the night curfews set in.(Photo credit: Dubai Media Office)
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Retail food outlets such as cooperative societies, supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open 24/7. (Photo credit: Dubai Media Office)
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