UAE ends virus curfew

Emirati authorities announced total freedom of movement today.

al-monitor People sit in a coffee shop during the reopening of malls following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2020. The country was fully reopened June 24. Photo by REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah.

Jun 24, 2020

The virus-related curfew in the United Arab Emirates is over, Emirati officials announced today.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said in a tweet, “All members of society are allowed the freedom to exit and return the whole day without restrictions.” 

The Emirates instituted a series of lockdowns in March to curb the spread of COVID-19. The major city of Dubai had one of the strictest lockdowns in the region, with a round-the-clock ban on nonessential movement. Permission was required at all times to leave the house.

In recent weeks, parts of the United Arab Emirates have eased restrictions and allowed for free movement during non-curfew hours. In July, camel racing will resume in the country, much to the delight of the elite in the oil-rich Gulf country.

The virus situation has improved in the Emirates recently. The country registered between 700 and nearly 1,000 cases per day for much of May. The number of daily new infections in the last few days has mostly been in the 300 range, according to Health Ministry statistics, although it was 450 today.

The lifting of the curfew came into effect today, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said.

The United Arab Emirates has had 46,133 registered COVID-19 cases to date, with 34,405 recoveries and 307 deaths, according to the Health Ministry.

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