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UAE capital extends virus lockdown another week

/ 01:52 PM June 09, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The capital of the United Arab Emirates has extended an emirate-wide lockdown for another week over the coronavirus pandemic.

A municipal worker disinfects the streets as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 (novel cornavirus), as the Burj Khalifa is seen in the background, in downtown Dubai, on March 27, 2020. – The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member, has imposed a March 26 to 29 nightime lockdown to allow for outdoors and public transport sanitation operations, amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Government officials announced late Monday the extension of the lockdown, that has prevented people from leaving their area in Abu Dhabi.

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Movement also has been restricted into Abu Dhabi from the rest of the UAE, a federation of seven U.S.-allied sheikhdoms also home to Dubai.

The lockdown comes as the rest of the UAE is trying to reopen its non-oil economy after the pandemic devastated its tourism and airline industry.

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There have been nearly 40,000 cases and 280 deaths from COVID-19 in the UAE, with 22,000 of those infected now recovered.

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