Coronavirus in UAE: Pharmacies and Supermarkets to Remain Open for 24 Hours

Coronavirus in UAE: Pharmacies and Supermarkets to Remain Open for 24 Hours

So far, there are 248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in UAE.

UAE Government is taking all measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 as much as possible. Since it is a highly contagious virus and there is no treatment made available yet, social distancing is the only way out right now. This is why UAE Government has announced many measures which include travel restrictions, closing down the malls, public spaces, and schools etc. in order to minimize the social contact. While the pharmacies and grocery stores were allowed to operate, all the shops had to be closed down. According to a recent circular issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA, pharmacies, grocery stores, and supermarkets will be allowed to operate for 24 hours for the convenience of the common public.

However, in this regard, it has been made clear that the rules of social distancing will apply. The shoppers inside a shop should not be more than 30% of the total capacity. There should be a safe distance of two meters between them.

The staff is also obliged to follow the social distancing guidelines defined by the authorities.

So far, UAE has 248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 many of which have also recovered by now. The first patient was a Chinese national.

COVID-19 started as an epidemic from a wet market in Wuhan China. The next centre was South Korea and today the epicentre of COVID-19 is Italy where many people are losing lives on a daily basis. So far, there are 422,344 cases of COVID-19 and 18,884 deaths across the world. The silver lining is that 108,388 patients have recovered already. Most of the countries across the world are in a lockdown at the moment in order to prevent further outbreak. World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency.

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By Saadia Ahmed
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