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UAE extends coronavirus night-time curfew indefinitely

This picture taken on March 20, 2020 A deserted market following government instructions for people to remain at home in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease in the centre of Sharjah, UAE on 20 March 2020 [KARIM SAHIB/AFP/ Getty Images]
A deserted market following government instructions for people to remain at home in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease in the centre of Sharjah, UAE on 20 March 2020 [KARIM SAHIB/AFP/ Getty Images]

The United Arab Emirates has extended its night-time curfew indefinitely to disinfect public areas to fight the spread of coronavirus, the state-run news agency WAM and Reuters reported late on Friday.

The disinfection drive, which consists of spraying and cleaning streets, parks and public transport facilities, is being carried out between 8 pm and 6am each day, and people have been ordered to stay at home during those hours.

It began on March 26 and had already been extended a week ago until April 5.

“The Ministry of Health Prevention and the Ministry of Interior have announced the continuation of the ‘National Disinfection Programme,” WAM said, without saying when the operation would end.

The oil-rich federation reported a recent uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases, with several hundred people diagnosed with the virus since April 1.

Its total cases stood at 1,264 on Friday, with nine deaths reported.

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