Coronavirus in UAE: UAE Allows the Visitors Unable to Leave to Stay Back Legally
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Coronavirus in UAE: UAE Allows the Visitors Unable to Leave to Stay Back Legally

UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced relief for the visitors who were unable to return to their home countries.

UAE has been taking many proactive steps to control the outbreak of COVID-19 even before it became big. Recently, the government applied travel restrictions which meant limiting the flights to the minimum as well as restricting the residents away from UAE to stay where they were. Since UAE is considered one of the most favourite travel destinations in the world, many people were visiting UAE when travel restrictions were applied. Recently, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced relief for the visitors who were unable to leave for their homes due to the closure of airspace and borders.

According to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, these visitors could stay back in UAE legally in these circumstances. New measures would be announced soon.

Earlier, any new visas for visit and employment were suspended.

It was only a day before that the UAE Government decided to shut down all the shopping malls in the country for a renewable period of two weeks. The restaurants were also to continue with takeaway and delivery services only. However, the supermarkets, grocery stores, and pharmacies were exempted from this decision. Schools had been closed down long ago but e-learning is being encouraged by the government.

COVID-19 or the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak started from a wet market in Wuhan, China. It later turned into a pandemic and currently many countries in the world are experiencing a lockdown not only affecting people’s mental and physical health but also the economy. However, social distancing and maintaining a good hygiene routine is the only way out in the current scenario. So far there have been 198 reported cases of COVID-19 in UAE resulting in two deaths and 41 recoveries. Around the globe, the total number of registered cases so far is 379,080 and the deaths is 16,524 at the time of writing.

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By Saadia Ahmed
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