UAE extends night-time curfew to disinfect public areas

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The United Arab Emirates has extended a de-facto night-time curfew indefinitely to disinfect public areas to fight the spread of coronavirus, the state-run news agency WAM reported late on Friday.

The disinfection drive, which consists of spraying and cleaning streets, parks and public transport facilities, is being carried out between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day, and people have been ordered to stay at home during those hours.

It began on March 26 and had already been extended a week ago until April 5.

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“The Ministry of Health Prevention and the Ministry of Interior have announced the continuation of the ‘National Disinfection Programme,” WAM said, without saying when the operation would end.

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