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Saudi King Salman Orders Curfew over Coronavirus

Saudi King Salman Orders Curfew over Coronavirus

Monday, 23 March, 2020 - 05:00
Asharq Al-Awsat

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, ordered a curfew - from 7 pm to 6 am for 21 days - to slow the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.


The curfew will take effect on Monday evening.


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.


The Royal Order to the concerned authorities included urging citizens to stay at home during the coming period, especially during the curfew, and not to leave except in cases of extreme necessity.


The Ministry of Interior said in a statement carried by the SPA that those excluded from the curfew are workers from vital industries and government services, such as food, health, media transportation and energy sectors.


They are:


• Food sector (points of sale) such as catering and supermarkets, poultry, meat and vegetable shops, bakeries and food factories.


• Health sector, such as pharmacies and the like, medical clinics, hospitals, laboratories, factories of medical devices and materials.


• Media sector in its various forms.


• Transportation sector, such as those transporting goods, parcels, customs clearance, warehouses, logistics services, and supply chains for the health sector, the food sector, and port operations.


• E-commerce activities such as those working in the electronic procurement applications and those working in the delivery applications of the exempted activities.


• Accommodation services activities such as hotels and furnished apartments.


• Energy sector such as gas stations and emergency services for the electricity company.


• Financial services and insurance sector, such as direct accidents (Najm), urgent health insurance services (approvals), and other insurance services.


• Telecom sector such as internet and communication network operators.


• Water sector, such as the water company emergency services and home drinking water delivery service.


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