Health authorities in the UAE have stressed the importance of social distancing after it was revealed that the latest confirmed cases include 30 people from two families who had held a family gathering – including a baby under the age of two months and several elderly people.
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“Our commitment should be in the form of actions rather than words. We should protect our loved ones, our fathers, mothers, and senior citizens, who are more vulnerable to infection than others.”
As part of the relaxation of the strict lockdown measures in the UAE, it was previously announced that children under the age of 12 and those over 60 are forbidden from visiting shopping centres, supermarkets and other stores outside malls as part of safety measures.
Dr Al Shamsi stressed that the adherence to social distancing was a “national duty” which will overcome the current pandemic and that easing of the restrictions does not mean gatherings in private or public areas should take place.
There are currently 15,738 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE and a total of 157 deaths.
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