Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi extends ban on events and weddings

Ban on events and closure of venues in the UAE capital to continue 'indefinitely'

A ban on public and private events, including weddings, in Abu Dhabi has been extended "indefinitely".

The emirate's Department of Culture and Tourism initially announced a two-week ban on events and closure of tourist venues, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, on March 16.

This ban was extended on Friday until the foreseeable future. It includes the closure of tourist destinations including theme parks, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn and Qasr Al Watan. Malls and cinemas have also been closed along with places of worship, including mosques, to avoid congregations.

The UAE has registered 1,024 cases of coronavirus including 96 recoveries and eight deaths.

The country has implemented a raft of measures limiting movement and gatherings to stop further infections.