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Jeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - DUBAI: COVID-19 restrictions have been extended for another 20 days in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus following a doubling in numbers.
The measures include a ban on gatherings, entertainment and events, as well as the closure of cinemas and restaurants, according to a source from the Ministry of Interior cited by Al Arabiya.
The extension of the precautionary measures is expected to come into effect on Sunday at 10 p.m. KSA time.
The source called for all people to adhere to the rules to avoid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom.
The measures – which were reintroduced on Feb. 4 due to a sudden growth in numbers – will be under continuous evaluation by authorities, the source said.
Last month, the Interior Ministry said it intended to delay the lifting of the travel suspension for citizens and pushing back the opening of borders from March 31 to May 17.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom announced four deaths from COVID-19 and 322 new infections on Sunday.
Of the new cases, 167 were recorded in Riyadh, 64 in the Eastern Province, 40 in Makkah, seven in Madinah, seven in Asir, five in Hail, five in Jazan and four in Najran.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 363,585 after 282 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 6,433 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
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