Dubai Imposes Two-Week Lockdown to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Dubai Imposes Two-Week Lockdown to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

Dubai Imposes Two-Week Lockdown to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

Saudi Arabia has announced a lockdown and a partial curfew in seven neighbourhoods in the city of Jeddah starting on Saturday as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. It has enforced extensive lockdown measures to curb the spread of the illness including an ongoing night-time curfew. It had reported 2,179 cases of confirmed infections up until yesterday and 29 deaths.

There will be "strict restrictions on movement across the city and legal action" will be taken against violators, Dubai Media Office stated. People will be only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes only and just one family member is permitted to go out at any one time.

The authorities added that "extensive medical tests will be conducted across densely populated areas". Public areas like parks and public transports were disinfected over the night.

A committee has also been formed to facilitate the repatriation of visitors in the country, WAM reported.

Qatar confirmed 250 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of reported infections to 1,325 and three deaths.

All residency visas will be extended in the UAE, and all administrative fines will be waived for anyone who overstays their visit visa, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Sunday citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Kuwait and Oman are the GCC countries least affected by the pandemic.

In other countries in the Gulf region, Kuwait announced its first death from COVID-19 on Saturday.