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Night curfew across Saudi Arabia as Coronavirus cases cross 500 mark

The curfew will start at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. every day for 21 days from the evening of Monday March 23, 2020

Monday March 23, 2020 6:47 AM, ummid.com News Network

Saudi Curfew Hours

Riyadh: King Salman on Sunday issued an order imposing night curfew across Saudi Arabia from Monday evening to control the coronavirus outbreak.

The order came after confirmed Coronavirus positive cases in the Kingdom crossed 500 mark.

The curfew will start at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. every day for 21 days from the evening of Monday March 23, 2020, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said citing a royal court statement.

The statement said the Ministry of Interior will undertake the necessary measures to implement the curfew, and all civil and military authorities are ordered to cooperate fully.

Employees of vital public and private sector industries whose work requires continued performance along with the employees of the security, military and media sectors, and workers in the sensitive health and service sectors will be exempted, the government news agency said.

Saud Arabia saw the highest singe day jump in the coronavirus positive cases Sunday. According to the Saudi Health officials, as many as 119 novel coronavirus positive cases were confirmed on Sunday.

This took the overall total of Covid-19 positive case in th Kingdom to 511. Covid-19 is the name given by WHO to identify novel coronavirus.

Saudi Health Ministry spokesman Mohammed Abdelali said that 72 of the newly diagnosed people were Turkish nationals under quarantine in the holy city of Makkah after interacting with an infected compatriot, Arab News reported.

Saudi Arabia has already banned all international flights and the entry of foreigners, including Umrah pilgrims, to the Kingdom.

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