Coronavirus in Dubai

Coronavirus is a highly contagious viral disease that is leaving the whole world in a state of alert and social isolation, and here in Dubai the situation is no different. The disease, which started in China, had its first case diagnosed in the United Arab Emirates on January 29, 2020, being the first country in the Middle East to confirm a case of the disease.

However, this situation was already expected, given that Dubai and Abu Dhabi are naturally cities of immigrants and they  receive thousands and thousands of tourists in their territory throughout the year. Since then, the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 has been growing exponentially, and the country today has more than 800 people infected with the disease.

Therefore, the government needed to take some measures to try to minimize and slow the spread of the disease in relation to the number of people infected with the Coronavirus, but before we get into that, let’s quickly explain what this disease is so that you can know more about it.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that has never been identified in humans. The virus causes a flu-like respiratory illness and has symptoms such as cough, fever and, in more severe cases, pneumonia.

Its transmission occurs through contact between infected people, who transmit the virus to healthy people through coughing, sneezing, droplets of saliva or runny nose, and that is why social isolation is one of the necessary measures to curb the spread of the disease.

What is being done in Dubai to prevent the disease from spreading?

Here in the Dubai, the Government started on March 22nd a sterilisation campaign as an effort to contain the coronavirus, and it will last for 11 days. The country imposed night curfew as disinfection in the country began, and on March 28th it was announced that curfews and disinfection would be extended until April 5.

Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram were suspended from March 29th until April 5th. In Abu Dhabi a disinfection gate at one of its bus stations was installed and Emirates SkyCargo suspended operations at the Al Maktoum International Airport and moved them to the Dubai International Airport.

How can we protect ourselves?

Prevention is quite simple, as it is possible to protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Always have a bottle of 70% alcohol or alcohol gel with you when you cannot wash your hands with soap and water.

It is also recommended to avoid physical contact with anyone else at that time. Respect the minimum distances recommended by the competent health agencies, clean your personal belongings, such as your cell phone, for example, and respect the quarantine period.

With the government taking the necessary measures to curb the spread of the disease and with the population respecting these measures, we hope that the outbreak of the new Coronavirus will pass as quickly as possible and that our country can recover economically after all this.

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