With 832 new cases of COVID-19 announced on Monday 18 May, the UAE has been swift to adjust the lockdown measures, bringing the curfew forward by two hours to 8pm until 6am starting on Wednesday 20 May until further notice.
Official spokesperson for the UAE Government Dr. Amna Al Shamsi explained, "We are grateful to the health authorities that are working tirelessly to curb the spread of coronavirus, and are pleased to announce daily the numbers of people who recovered and are back to their normal life. However, this pleasure is short-lived when we see a daily increase in the number of infections, due to irresponsible behaviors by some members of the public."
Dr. Saif Juma Al Dhaheri, Spokesman of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, annoucned that food retail stores, cooperatives, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies will continue to work 24/7 during the National Disinfection Programme during the Eid break.
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