Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates announced an abrupt overnight lockdown amid the hike in coronavirus cases.

The state-run WAM news agency announced late on Thursday that the lockdown will begin from Monday and will last from 12 am to 5 am each day. It comes just before the long Eid al-Adha holiday in the United Arab Emirates, which also begins from the coming Monday.

Abu Dhabi's Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee called the lockdown part of the national sterilization programme for the saftey of their national from the ongoing variant of covid-19.

The UAE, a union of seven sheikhs, used the same term during the lockdown in 2020 amid the onset of the pandemic.

Abu Dhabi has hit a tough line after Dubai reopened for tourism a year ago, requiring PCR tests for those arriving at the border.

Dubai, like other emirates, has been open to boosting tourism and trade, even as the number of new coronavirus cases daily hovers around 1,500 despite a massive vaccination program.


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