COVID-19: Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina

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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Thursday in the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, strengthening the measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 1,700 people in the kingdom and killed 16.

This was made known by the Interior Ministry in a Statement, stating that there were some exceptions which includes essential workers and in order for residents to buy food and access medical care.

Cars are only permitted to carry one passenger so as to limit the virus’ transmission, it said.

The country which has a population of over 30 million has taken some drastic measures to contain the spread of the disease, also putting a stop to international flights, closing most public places and suspending the year-round Umrah Pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia has the most infections and deaths among the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council.

But public health officials say past experience combating the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) helped prepare the kingdom for the new coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina

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