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Saudi Boosts Preventative Measures Against Coronavirus

Saudi Boosts Preventative Measures Against Coronavirus

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020 - 09:30
Riyadh- Saleh Al- Zayed

The Saudi Ministry of Health has boosted preventive measures designed to prevent the outbreak of the new Coronavirus. It has set up more than 1464 isolation rooms in the Kingdom.

Preventive measures were implemented in Saudi hospitals, where medical teams have been placed at hospital entrances to ensure the safety of hospital visitors from infectious diseases, in addition to the country's ports.

Asharq Al-Awsat toured a number of hospitals in the capital, Riyadh, where it found that the Ministry of Health established preventive screening points for public health safety.

Screening points were equipped with thermometers, thermal cameras and medical equipment designed to implement preventive measures.

More so, Saudi Arabia banned its citizens and residents of the Kingdom from traveling to China amid the new virus outbreak.

The Kingdom's General Directorate of Passports said the measure was in response to the virus.

It warned that any residents of the Kingdom who violate this order will not be allowed to return to Saudi Arabia. It also said that regulatory provisions on travel documents would be applied to citizens who violate the travel ban, without further elaboration.

The statement was carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabia’s flagship national carrier, Saudia, joined other major airlines in suspending flights to China. At least 10 Saudi students were evacuated from the Chinese city Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and quarantined upon arrival to Riyadh for two weeks.

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