A picture taken on March 25, 2020 shows a skyline of skyscrapers in the Emirati city of Dubai.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai has handed down its strictest lockdown measures yet as coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates tripled in just over a week.
Residents of Dubai, the commercial and tourism hub of the oil-rich Gulf monarchy, have already been in lockdown for two weeks, with all but essential businesses closed and no outdoor activities permitted, including exercise.
Since Sunday, leaving the house for trips deemed “essential” — which only include visits to the grocery store, pharmacy or doctor — now requires a permit issued online by the Dubai Police, with a new permit required for each trip. A mask and gloves are to be worn at all times when outside the house, on penalty of police action. The rules are in effect for two weeks, subject to renewal.
Permit applications are to be made online with the Dubai Police, at which…