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Ajman emirate to penalize workers for twice exposure to COVID-19

The emirate of Ajman is warning its government workers that they will be penalized if they come in contact for the second time with anyone who has contracted COVID-19, state-related media in the United Arab Emirates reported Thursday.

Local media have said federal employees in Ajman will not receive paid sick leave for quarantine if they come into close contact with infected people outside of the workplace or home for the second time.

The UAE has a 99% vaccination rate among eligible residents and a total number of virus deaths of less than 2,200, but the spread of the omicron variant around the world has increased the number of daily infections. . The United Arab Emirates, home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, saw the number of daily cases rise from around 50 per day in early December to more than 2,600 per day this week.

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A woman receives a Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at the Sikh Guru Nanak Darbar Temple in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on February 8, 2021.
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To limit the spread of the virus, Ajman’s human resources department issued a circular with a no-no list that would result in payroll deductions, ranging from a one-day pay cut to a one-day pay cut. 10 days for repeat offenders.

UAE-based The National newspaper said index offenses include not wearing masks, being in crowded areas, shaking hands with other people and going to the office after being in contact with someone who has contracted the coronavirus. Supervisors will also be slapped with payroll deductions if they fail to ensure employees comply.

The Burj al-Arab and a view of the emirate from the Gulf of Dubai on January 10, 2022.

The Burj al-Arab and a view of the emirate from the Gulf of Dubai on January 10, 2022.
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According to the report, a federal employee in Ajman who has come into close contact with an infected person must self-isolate for a week or work remotely. In addition, employees who come into contact with an infected person for the second time will also have to use their personal days off for mandatory quarantine or take days off without pay.

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