Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman imposes evening curfew

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March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a curfew order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, lasting for an initial period of three weeks from Monday.

The curfew will apply every day from 7pm until 6am.

The Ministry of Interior called on civil and military authorities to co-operate fully with the measures, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

Some workers will be exempt from the curfew. These include employees of the vital parts of the public and private sectors whose work requires continued performance during the prevention period, the government said.

It also includes employees in the security, military and media sectors, and those in relevant health and service sectors.

The ministry urged citizens to stay in their homes, especially during the curfew, and not to leave except in cases of necessity.

The Saudi Health Ministry said on Sunday that the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country had increased to 511, with 119 new patients.

Saudi Arabia has the most number of coronavirus cases in the GCC, at more than 1,700.

The ministry said 23,000 people had been tested for coronavirus so far and that 17 people were discharged from hospitals after recovering.

Saudi Health Ministry spokesman Mohammed Abdelali said that 72 of the new cases were Turkish nationals under quarantine in the holy city of Makkah.

Updated: March 23, 2020 04:25 AM

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