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Coronavirus COVID-19 Dubai UAE

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Dubai UAE

Coronavirus COVID-19 Dubai UAE information, timeline, references. Almost 100 years after the end of the Spanish Flu, another global pandemic started, with the first cases appearing in Hubai province in China, probably Wuhan city. First infection date not yet confirmed but unexplained coronavirus or SARS related cases started appearing in China from Nov 2019 onwards. On 26 or 27 Dec 2019, Dr Zhang Jixian alerted Chinese health authorities about some deaths due to pneumonia of an unknown origin. On 30 Dec 2019, Dr Li Wenliang posted a private message with a SARS warning, which was shared publicly and earned him a reprimand from Chinese authorities. He died of the new SARS infection in February 2020. On 31 Dec 2019, the WHO was made aware of several deaths due to pneumonia from an unknown origin. On 07 Jan 2020, China determined that a new human coronavirus was out there and causing mayhem. The epidemic which started in Hubei province was somewhat contained by March 2020 but not before it had started to spread around the world, with almost all countries putting in place some form of lockdown and travel restrictions by the end of March 2020. At the beginning of April 2020, globally the number of reported cases reached 1 million (with speculation that there might be several to 50 million undocumented cases), and 50,000 deaths with the number increasing exponentially. If containment procedures are not successful, by the end of April 2020, total deaths could be 1-10 million, and reported cases 20-200 million.

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There have always been conflicts between medical, legal, economic, political, moral, religious, etc perspectives. In many situations those conflicts will be more pronounced during the time of coronavirus. For example, a bank or a telephone company might want to help you from a moral or ethical perspective, but from a business or workload perspective that desire conflicts with the desire to make more profit for shareholders and be more efficient. Governments attempt to mitigate those conflicts by introducing new laws, but new laws take time to implement, and introduce new, sometimes unexpected, conflicts.

What are the different terms coronavirus vs COVID-19 vs SARS-Cov-2 vs Novel Coronavirus?

A Novel Coronavirus is a newly discovered corona virus. The one discovered in Jan 2020 after some unexplained deaths in China in Dec 2019 is called COVID-19, and causes the respiratory illness SARS-CoV-2.

Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Dubai and UAE

Corona virus UAE changes and closures
Item Date Date of change Status Duration Notes
Bus routes intercity 05 Apr 2020 05 Apr 2020 All RTA intercity routes suspended indefinitely Buses to and from Dubai
Disinfection Program 28 Mar 2020   Extended, 2000-0600 curfew to 05 Apr 2020  
Disinfection Program 26 Mar 2020   Curfew applies 2000-0600 26-28 Mar 2020 Essential activities permitted
Dubai Airport     Mostly closed indefinitely  
Dubai Expo 2020 21 Apr 2020 [29 May 2020] Postponement recommended by BIE   01 Oct 2021 to 01 Mar 2022
Facemasks - see Masks          
Flights to from UAE 23 Mar 2020 25 Mar 2020 All passenger flights suspended 2 weeks Cargo and evacuation exempt
Global Village     Early season closure    
Masks     AED 1,000 fine if not worn in vehicle    
Parking, RTA Dubai 10 Apr 2020 extension Free until end of sterilisation/disinfection   RTA twitter
Pharmacies     Timings changed indefinitely  
Recreation facilities 21 Mar 2020 22 Mar 2020 Closed 2 weeks Beaches, pools, sports, cinemas, etc
Remote Work System 26 Mar 2020 29 Mar 2020 Onsite workforce only 30% permitted 2 weeks Exemptions for vital sectors
Restaurants, cafes, etc 23 Mar 2020 25 Mar 2020 Closed except for deliveries 2 weeks Updated from 21 Mar 2020
Restaurants, cafes, etc 21 Mar 2020 22 Mar 2020 Maximum 20% capacity 2 weeks Outdoor kiosks etc exempt
Schools 02 Apr 2020   Elearning to continue   Until end of 2019-2020 academic year
Schools 03 Mar 2020 08 Mar 2020 Early closing for spring break, then elearning 4 weeks 2 weeks break then 2 weeks elearning
Shopping malls 23 Mar 2020 25 Mar 2020 Closed 2 weeks Supermarkets, pharmacies exempt
Supermarkets     Opening hours changed indefinitely  
Tawajudi for residents 21 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020 MOFAIC service residents oversease not specified Aids return to UAE in emergencies
Universities and colleges 02 Apr 2020   Elearning to continue   Until end of 2019-2020 academic year
Universities and colleges 03 Mar 2020 08 Mar 2020 Early closing for spring break, then elearning 4 weeks 2 weeks break then 2 weeks elearning
Visa extension, tourist, visit 13 Apr 2020 13 Apr 2020 Expiry after 01 Mar valid until 31 Dec 2020   All visas, all emirates. Reddit thread.
Visa extension, residents     Expiry after 01 Mar extended to 31 Dec 2020    
Visa suspension, residents 02 Apr 2020 02 Apr 2020 Entry ban continues until 16 Apr 2020 2 weeks Renewable. Register with Tawajudi.
Visa suspension, residents 19 Mar 2020 19 Mar 2020 Entry ban for UAE residence visa holders 2 weeks Renewable. Contact ICA.
Work permits and visas 25 Mar 2020   Automatic renewal, no medical test not specified Labourers and service staff only?
Workers, federal government 13 Mar 2020 15 Mar 2020 Remote work system for some 2 weeks Renewable period
UAE residence visa holders, suspension of visas from Thu 19 Mar 2020
Tawajudi service for UAE residents
Education changes in the UAE due to coronovirus

Covid-19 coronavirus timeline in UAE

General coronavirus FAQs


Coronavirus links

[To be reviewed] China, the WHO, and coronavirus


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Last update Tuesday 21-Apr-2020.
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