Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Dubai Emirate in UAE extend the 24-hour nonstop public disinfection program through April 25 to slow spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Dubai

This alert began 17 Apr 2020 17:33 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Dubai Emirate (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 25
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions, heightened security

Summary
Authorities in Dubai Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced April 17 that they would extend the 24-hour nonstop public disinfection program through at least April 25 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities in Dubai initially implemented sterilization operations April 4 and extended it for another two weeks.

Movement limitations remain in place: officials will only permit residents to leave their homes to purchase necessities such as food and medicine, work in vital sectors, or seek medical or emergency assistance. Food and medicine delivery services will continue to operate.

Authorities have urged the public to stay at home and abide by the Ministry of Health's preventive and protective guidelines; individuals who are found in violation of the government decrees will be subject to legal action.

Background and Analysis
Dubai's restrictive measures are similar to actions other governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should consider postponing planned travel. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
World Health Organization: www.who.int

Dubai Movement Permits: www.dxbpermit.gov.ae

Roads & Transport Authority: www.rta.ae