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Coronavirus: Public transport in UAE to be suspended over the weekend

All public transportation in the UAE, including the Dubai Metro, will come to a halt from 8pm on March 26 until 6am on March 29, according to the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and the Ministry of Interior.

The stoppage is part of a National Sterilisation Programme, which will include all utilities, public transportation and metro services, according to a statement. During this period, traffic will be restricted countrywide and public transportation and metro services will be suspended.

The Ministries of Health and the Interior called upon the public to stay at home throughout the sterilisation period, and not to go out except to buy food and medicines or to work in vital sectors such as energy, communications, health, education, security and the police, military, postal, shipping, pharmaceuticals, water and food sector, civil aviation, airports, financial and banking, government media and the services sector, which includes gas stations and construction projects.

The ministries said food outlets, cooperative societies, groceries and supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to operate.

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