Could the corona curfew be reinstated in the UAE as COVID-19 cases rise?

Health Minister warns of an "alarming" increase in past two weeks
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Could the corona curfew be reinstated in the UAE as COVID-19 cases rise?

Two government officials have suggested the UAE could see the reintroduction of a de-facto overnight curfew in some areas of the country.

National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority spokesman, Seif Al-Zahri, was asked on Emirates TV if the national sterilisation program could again be enforced, including the nighttime curfew. His response: "Yes, that's possible in certain areas where we observe high infection cases." The TV clip was posted on the NCEMA Twitter page on Thursday:

On Tuesday, Health Minister Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al-Owais warned the number of cases could rise after the "alarming" increase in the last two weeks.

Dubai has seen the number of COVID-19 cases rise to over 400 for the first time since July. Specifically, there were 461 infections and two deaths in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday, bringing the total infections to 72,283 and the number of deaths to 369. 

The NCEMA Twitter page posted another reminder on Thursday to continue to adhere to government regulations: "We do not want to go backwards in our fight to combat Covid19 due to a lack of commitment and responsibility towards society and the efforts made by competent authorities."

Photos: Dubai Tourism