Saudi Seals Off Three Cities After Second Virus Death
Muhammad Irfan 8 days ago Wed 25th March 2020 | 11:20 PM
Riyadh, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Mar, 2020 ) :Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sealed off the capital Riyadh and two of islam's holiest cities and extended curfew hours as it reported its second death from the new coronavirus.
The kingdom barred entry and exit from Riyadh as well as Mecca and Medina and prohibited movement between all provinces, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, as the health ministry said the total number of infections spiked to 900.
Saudi Arabia, which has reported the highest number of infections in the Gulf, on Monday began implementing an 11-hour nationwide curfew -- starting at 7 pm -- to limit the spread of the deadly COVID-19 illness.
The curfew hours were brought forward to 3 pm in the three cities, SPA said citing measures approved by King Salman that will take effect from Thursday.
Last week, the kingdom unveiled stimulus measures amounting to 120 billion riyals ($32 billion) to support businesses and said it plans to raise borrowing to 50 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
Similar restrictions and stimulus measures have been reported by other countries in the Gulf, where more than 2,400 coronavirus infections have been reported so far.