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UAE denies reports that malls will be shut for two weeks, warns of fines for fake rumours

UAE denies reports that malls will be shut for two weeks, warns of fines for fake rumours

Social media posts had claimed that malls and commercial centres would be closed for a renewable period of two weeks

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The UAE has denied reports on social media claiming that shopping malls in the country were going to be closed for two weeks.

In a statement on Twitter, the UAE’s National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) rubbished the rumours and urged the public to obtain news only from authentic sources.

The NCEMA “denies the false information circulated on social media sites regarding the closing of shopping malls and commercial centres in the country for a renewable period of two weeks and obliged restaurants to provide delivery services only”.

“The authority stressed the importance of obtaining news from official authorities and called on all members of the public to ensure the authenticity of the information, before circulation. Failure to do so exposes individuals to legal repercussions and fines will be applied to anyone who spreads rumours and incorrect information,” it added.

The UAE has gradually reopened almost all economic activities throughout the country, although certain guidelines and precautionary measures remain in place.

The country reported 683 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total number infections in the country to 51,540.

The death toll in the country stands at 323, while a total of 40,297 patients have completely recovered.

Read: GCC Covid-19 update: 683 infections in UAE, Saudi registers 3,580 cases

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