Dubai: Doctors around the world are cautioning people to stay indoors and practice social distancing as one of the simple, key measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, retweeted the message of a doctor carrying the notice: “I stayed at work for you. You stay at home for us!”.
The message is part of precautionary and preventive measures adopted by governments around the world to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and to preserve the health and safety of the public.
The selfie taken by Dr Ahmed Rabea was mimicked all around the world by healthcare workers who used the tactic to stress the importance of self-isolation.
From the US and India to Kazakhstan and the Philippines, doctors from all corners of the globe have taken to Twitter to encourage people to stay at home.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, the UAE announced that it has suspended the entry of all valid visa holders, who are currently out of the country, for a renewable period of two weeks effective noon on March 19 due to the spread of COVID-19.
The development comes as a precautionary measure for the safety of those affected by the decision, which is subject to renewals depending on the health measures taken due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation also requested those holding valid UAE visas, and now staying out of the country, to contact their employers here, as well as Emirati diplomatic missions in their host countries, for all necessary support to facilitate their return to the UAE.