RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has ordered a lockdown on the capital Riyadh and the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah to stem the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
In new preventive measures ordered by Saudi King Salman, entry and exit from the three cities might be prohibited, in accordance with the official SPA information company.
The brand new measures, which can take impact on Thursday, additionally embody stopping individuals within the kingdom’s 13 areas from leaving the area or touring to a different area.
A 3-week curfew imposed on Monday was tightened in Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah to start at 3:00 pm native time (12:00 GMT) as an alternative of seven:00 pm (16:00 GMT).
After first showing in Wuhan, China final December, the brand new coronavirus has unfold to at the very least 171 international locations and territories.
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The World Well being Organisation has declared the outbreak a pandemic.
The variety of confirmed circumstances worldwide has now surpassed 435,00zero whereas the loss of life toll is over 19,600 and virtually 112,00zero have recovered, in accordance with knowledge compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins College.
Regardless of the rising variety of circumstances, the bulk of people that contract the virus undergo solely delicate signs earlier than making a restoration.