Sharjah, Abu Dhabi start work-from-home for some

By Eudore R. Chand

SHARJAH 15 March 2020: The Sharjah Human Resources Directorate has decided to activate the remote work system or work-from-home option for certain categories of employees in Sharjah government departments and institutions for a period of two weeks from Sunday, March 15.

The move, which can be extended, is part of the precautionary and preventive measures against the novel coronavirus, Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision applies to categories such as pregnant employees, employees with disabilities, employees with chronic diseases and weak immune systems, in addition to employees from the age group of over 60 years.

The Sharjah Human Resources Directorate called on all government departments and entities to organise their work and working norms in accordance with the decision and in proportion to the nature and need of the work.

Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi working remotely

ABU DHABI: The Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi is now working remotely via a CCTV system whereby all services are delivered electronically in line with the precautionary measures taken nationwide to curb the proliferation of the Coronavirus.

The move comes in response to the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, to ensure business efficiency and smoothness by utilising the country’s technological readiness and advanced infrastructure, said Counsel Ali Mohammed Abdullah Al Balushi, Attorney General of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.

“The remote work system is aimed to streamline procedures and ensure safety of the society and its protection,” he added.

Jordan suspends schools, stops prayers in mosques, closes borders

AMMAN: Jordan has suspended study in schools and universities for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns.

Jordanian Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz announced a set of new measures and decisions taken by the government to deal with the emerging virus to protect the homeland and citizens.

The new measures include stopping prayer in mosques and churches and closing crossings of the land, sea and airports to passenger traffic, except for commercial activities.

Jordan said it would stop all incoming and outgoing passenger flights into the country from Tuesday as it tightens border controls to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Announcing the move on Saturday, Razzaz said universities and schools would be closed for two weeks and all tourist sites and all sports facilities and cinemas would also be suspended.

GCC health ministers review anti-coronavirus measures

RIYADH: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), health ministers on Saturday discussed the latest developments of the coronavirus, Covid-19, the current situation in each member country, including the procedures followed in outlets and statistics related to the novel virus.

The meeting, which was conducted via a visual communications channel, also addressed the readiness of the health sector, media, awareness, and emergency plans in each country.

The ministers agreed to urge citizens and residents in GCC states to apply infection control measures, and avoid going to gathering places, as much as possible, and to maintain preventive safety procedures.

The ministers stressed the importance of obtaining information from official sources and not to listen to rumors from unofficial social media accounts.

They also agreed to establish a joint operations room, hold a weekly meeting at the level of GCC deputy ministers, and to exchange information in this regard.



Some federal employees to work from home