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Saudi Arabia Reports More Virus Cases as it Goes into Lockdown for Eid

Saudi Arabia Reports More Virus Cases as it Goes into Lockdown for Eid

Friday, 22 May, 2020 - 18:45
An empty roundabout is seen during curfew in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia reported on Friday 2,642 coronavirus cases, raising its total to 67,719, as security forces began enforcing a four-day nationwide lockdown over the outbreak.

Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Abdelali said 28,352 patients were receiving medial care and 302 were in critical condition.

He told a daily press briefing on the outbreak that 38 percent of the new cases were detected among Saudis.

Recoveries have reached 39,003 with 2,963 new patients confirmed to have beaten the disease. Thirteen new fatalities were reported, raising the toll to 364.

Meanwhile, security forces began enforcing a 24-hour four-day lockdown throughout the Kingdom with the advent of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Saudi Arabia declared earlier on Friday that the holiday, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, would begin on Sunday.

Interior Ministry security spokesman Talal al-Shalhoub underscored the need for respecting the lockdown and social distancing measures. Gatherings of more than five people will also be barred.

He said security forces will enforce the lockdown in residential neighborhoods and public areas. People caught violating restrictions will be fined.

Restaurants, factories, laboratories, hypermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, food markets and stores will be exempt from the lockdown. They will operate during curfew hours.

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