DUBAI (Reuters) – Two luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, which had actually been in lockdown amidst issues about the coronavirus during a professional biking event, enabled some visitors to leave on Sunday after they checked negative for the illness, business representatives stated.
Outside view of the Crowne Plaza hotel, where 2 Italian cyclists participating in the UAE Trip checked positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 29,2020 REUTERS/Satish Kumar
The W Abu Dhabi and the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi had actually been placed under lockdown on Friday as authorities screened all visitors, consisting of scores of expert bicyclists. There were issues they might have interacted with two Italian cyclists who were thought of contracting the illness.
The guests at the two hotels, on Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates’ capital, included 140 expert bicyclists taking part in the last 2 phases of the UAE Tour, which was also canceled after the tests.
” No cases have been validated at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island. We are working carefully with the regional authorities to assist in the departure of staying visitors,” a spokeswoman of the hotel said.
W Abu Dhabi stated some visitors at the hotel were cleared to leave the residential or commercial property following their screening outcomes.
” All other guests (will) remain in the hotel pending their screening outcomes and clearance from authorities,” a spokesperson stated. “We will resume normal operations as soon we have clearance from the authorities.”
The Abu Dhabi government did not react to a Reuters request for comment.
Some guests, consisting of professional bicyclists, required to Twitter to state they were enabled to leave on Sunday after they tested unfavorable for the virus.
The UAE, a local business center and significant transit point for travelers traveling to China and other destinations in Asia, has actually reported 21 cases of the coronavirus so far but no casualties. Five of those people have now recuperated.
The Gulf state’s education ministry announced the suspension of nursery school classes while Dubai’s Emirates Group asked personnel to take paid and unsettled leave over coronavirus scare, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.
The majority of infections in the Gulf Arab nations have been connected to sees to Iran or include people who have entered into contact with people who had actually existed.
Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi; Editing by Susan Fenton