UAE Tour canceled, dozens quarantined, and Abu Dhabi hotels on lockdown after two participants tested positive for coronavirus.
28 February 2020| Last updated on 1 March 2020
Total cases of coronavirus in the UAE now 21, authorities confirmed.
The UAE Tour was cancelled early on Friday 28th February after two team technicians tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the UAE to 21.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Health has also placed a quarantine lockdown on two hotels in Yas Island where the UAE Tour cyclists, teams, and visitors are staying, as a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of residents and visitors.
612 participants at the UAE Tour came into contact with the patients and have been examined. 450 were confirmed clear of the virus while results for 162 people are still in process.
Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Al Owais, the UAE Minister of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), said that authorities are carefully monitoring and responding to the situation as per the standards and guidelines given by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The race's participants, administrative staff, and organisers will be examined through the continuous periodic screening being conducted, and all needed procedures, including quarantine measures, will be taken.