Corona Virus: Saudi Arabia suspends travel to and from nine countries, including Egypt, the Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Iraq


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The Saudi authorities imposed a temporary suspension on the travel of citizens and residents there to and from nine countries, in order to control the new Corona virus, and prevent its entry into and spread of the country.

The Saudi News Agency mentioned that the nine countries are: the Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, South Korea, Egypt, Italy and Iraq.

The decision also included a ban on anyone, who had been present in any of these countries, during the past 14 days, to enter Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom also decided to stop air and sea flights between the Kingdom and the mentioned countries.

An official source at the Ministry of Interior excluded evacuation, shipping and trade trips, while taking the necessary precautions.

The source added that the Ministry of Interior and Health have coordination to deal with exceptional humanitarian cases.

The agency quoted the official source as saying that this decision comes “according to the preventive and precautionary measures recommended by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom.”

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And Saudi Arabia had decided, earlier, to limit entry to its territory temporarily, for those coming from the Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain to the air ports only, but the new decision expanded to ban travel entirely, to and from those three countries as well as 6 other countries.

About a month ago, Saudi Arabia suspended travel for its citizens and residents to China, as concerns about the emerging virus escalated.

The Kingdom also suspended entry to its lands, for the purposes of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque, in late February.

Suspension of the study

Hours ago, the Saudi authorities announced the suspension of studies in schools and universities across the country, starting from Monday until further notice.

The decision includes all stages in all educational institutions, and instructed the Saudi Minister of Education to activate virtual schools and distance education during the suspension period, according to local media.

The Ministry of Education stated that the procedure is “precautionary and not a cause for concern”, and that the decision to return to study “is subject to evaluation by the relevant committee” to confront the virus.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced the registration of 4 new confirmed infections with the Coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health said that three cases resulted from contact with previously announced cases, which were coming from Iran.

The fourth case is for a Saudi, coming from Iran via the Emirates, bringing the total confirmed cases inside Saudi Arabia to 11.

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