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Saudi tightens curfew

Middle East News
Thu, 26 Mar 2020
Reuters


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday reported its second coronavirus death and tightened a nationwide curfew, barring entry to and exit from Riyadh and the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as well as movement between all provinces.

The orders, approved by King Salman and published by state media, also brought forward the start of curfew in the three cities to 3pm from 7pm, starting today.

Saudi Arabia introduced the curfew on Monday, initially for 21 days, after registering a jump in infections. Its second fatality was a 46-year-old foreign resident of Mecca, among 133 new cases that took Saudi Arabia’s total to 900.

Across the GCC, the tally rose to 2,472 with seven deaths, as the UAE registered 85 new infections, Oman 15 and Kuwait four.

In the UAE, 64 people were facing legal action for not obeying a 14-day home quarantine order after coming into contact with people confirmed to be infected, the government tweeted.

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