Coronavirus update: Tuesday, March 31

Coronavirus update: Tuesday, March 31

31 Mar 2020

Case counts, preventative measures and what to do if you think you have COVID-19.

Coronavirus - updates on statistics, closures and information, information is correct as of Tuesday, March 31. 

The UAE case count stands at 611 patients, with 61 recovered. 

COVID-19 fatalities stand at five people. 

A reported 64 people were arrested for breaking quarantine rules and failing to adhere to self-isolation for two weeks. 

The UAE's first two deaths were reported on March 21. 

The UAE Ministry of Health has denied rumours that the number of cases publicly reported is inaccurate. 


The UAE has closed all malls, markets, entertainment venues, gyms, schools and non-essential services. Supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open, and are able to remain open 24/7 to ensure all residents have access to supplies.

Everyone is urged, where possible, to work from home. 

Residents are warned that flouting the StayHomeStaySafe rules could get you landed with an AED1 million fine for ignoring rules. 

Curfew is continuing from 8pm nightly, until 6am the following day. 

Here is the full list of rules and penalties for preventative measures. 


The UAE Government has ordered all flights be grounded for two weeks -from midnight March 25. This may be extended, depending on the outcome of the existing groundings. 

Tourists stuck in UAE will have visas provided, the government has advised - stating that anyone in UAE that cannot leave will be looked after. 

As of March 26, the authorities have said that public transport will come to a halt, as part of a sterilising drive. It will be closed until Sunday 6am. 

Going forward, the Dubai Metro is required to have a maximum of 138 passengers per train, and the Dubai Tram can have 72 passengers per tram. RTA staff are on-ground at stations to help enforce this, and ensure social distancing requirements are obeyed. 

See the advisory for anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19.