DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ( Associated Press) – The Emirate of Ajman is warning its government employees to come into second contact with anyone who may have contracted COVID-19, state-linked media in the United Arab Emirates reported They will be punished. Thursday.
Local media outlets said federal workers in Ajman will not receive paid sick leave to quarantine if they come into close contact with infected people outside the workplace or home for a second time.
The vaccination rate among eligible residents in the UAE is 99% and the overall death toll from the virus is less than 2,200, but the spread of the Omicron variant globally has driven up the number of daily infections. The United Arab Emirates, home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has seen daily cases rise from about 50 per day in early December to more than 2,600 a day this week.
To limit the spread of the virus, Ajman’s Human Resources Department issued a circular with a list of no-no’s that would include pay cuts, ranging from one day’s pay cut to 10 days’ pay for repeat offenders. Includes deduction.
The UAE-based The National newspaper said the offenses listed included failure to wear a mask, being in crowded areas, shaking hands with others and going to the office after coming into contact with someone who has contracted the coronavirus. Supervisors will also be slapped with pay cuts for failing to ensure employees’ compliance.
According to the report, a federal worker in Ajman who comes into close contact with an infected person will have to 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 towards compulsory quarantine or take unpaid days off.