All public prayers suspended across the UAE

By Eudore R. Chand

Miracle Garden, Dubai Butterfly Garden closed

UAE 17 March 2020: The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments have decided to temporarily suspend prayers in all places of worship across the nation, effective yesterday at 9 pm local time on the 16th of March, for a period of four weeks out of concern for public safety.

The decision, taken in coordination with federal and local health and religious authorities, including the UAE Fatwa Council and Ministry of Health and Prevention, comes within the framework of the precautionary measures adopted by the UAE to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19.

The decision will be reviewed and re-assessed after four weeks, the two authorities said.

Authorities urged citizens, residents, and visitors to comply with these instructions for their own safety and the security of the nation in light of the current global situation, said Wam.

Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Butterfly Garden closed

Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden announced a temporary closure of the attractions, with immediate effect, until 31st March.

“This is in light of the Covid-19 that is affecting the nation and has been implemented as a measure to protect visitors and workers,” the organiser of the two parks said today.

Abdel Naser Rahhal, Vice Chairman of Cityland Group, the developer of two gardens, commented, “Within the framework of the precautionary and preventive measures against the new coronavirus emerging in the Emirate of Dubai, and in our attention to the health and safety of visitors and employees, Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden announce their temporary closure until 31st March 2020. We wish everyone health and wellness.”

Bahrain reports first death from coronavirus

MANAMA: Bahrain has announced the death of a 65-year-old Bahraini national who was suffering from underlying and chronic health problems, and was registered as an active case of coronavirus, Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health was quoted by the state run news agency as saying that the deceased female had returned from Iran via an indirect flight last month.

Mexico registers first coronavirus death

MEXICO CITY: Mexico has registered its first death due to coronavirus, Reuters quoted Mexican media reports as saying on Sunday.

Veteran broadcaster Joaquin Lopez-Doriga said on Twitter that businessman Jose Kuri had died after testing positive for coronavirus following a trip to the United States.

China: 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection

BEIJING: Chinese health authority said Monday it received reports of 16 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 14 deaths on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, has reported.

All of the deaths were in Hubei Province, according to the National Health Commission.

Meanwhile, 41 new suspected cases were reported, said the commission.

Also on Sunday, 838 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 194 to 3,032.

The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 80,860 by the end of Sunday, including 9,898 patients who were still being treated, 67,749 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,213 people who died of the disease.

UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies postpone meetings until June

GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Treaties Branch has postponed all upcoming treaty body committee sessions until the end of May in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The wellbeing of all treaty body committee members, delegates from State parties, members of NGOs, and our staff is our priority. We must implement special arrangements now that are responsible and in line with the objective of containing Covid-19,” said Ibrahim Salama, Chief of the Human Rights Treaties Branch.

“We are coordinating closely with the World Health Organisation and our host country, Switzerland, to check when we can return to normal scheduling,” Salama added, “Despite the postponement of the meetings, we will continue our support for the work of the treaty bodies to safeguard the basic rights of everyone, in particular the most vulnerable.”

The 10 UN human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts who monitor implementation of nine human rights international treaties, and an optional protocol signed by state parties.