Saudi Arabia partially lifts curfew other than in Mecca

Saudi Arabia partially lifts curfew other than in Mecca

Saudi Arabia partially lifts curfew except in Mecca
Saudi Arabia also suspended the yr-round Umrah pilgrimage about fears of the new coronavirus spreading to Islam’s holiest cities [Ganoo Essa/Reuters]

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued an order to partly raise the curfew in all locations of the kingdom although keeping a 24-hour curfew in Mecca and in beforehand isolated neighbourhoods, state news agency (SPA) stated early on Sunday.

The curfew will be lifted concerning 9am and 5pm from Sunday onwards, whilst malls, wholesale and retail shops will be allowed to reopenfrom the sixth working day of Ramadan tothe 20th dayof the holy month – April 29 to Might 13.

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As of Sunday early morning, Saudi Arabia recorded sixteen,299 bacterial infections and 136 deaths, the best amongst the 6-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On April 2, Riyadh imposed a 24-hour curfew in the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, extending measures to beat the novel coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia also suspended the calendar year-spherical Umrah pilgrimage around fears of the coronavirus spreading to Islam‘s holiest cities.

It is very likely the bigger Hajj pilgrimage, established for the end of July, will also be cancelled for the very first time in modern day history after Saudi Arabia urged Muslims to quickly defer preparations.

Final calendar year, about 2.five million folks travelled to Saudi Arabia to acquire section in the Hajj, which all Muslims should complete at least once in their lives if capable.

Pilgrimage is massive business for Saudi Arabia and the spine of ideas to grow visitor quantities underneath Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s bold economic reform agenda.

Cancelling the Hajj would be unparalleled in contemporary instances, but curbing attendance from substantial-possibility locations has happened prior to, like in the latest decades throughout the Ebola outbreak.

The Arab world’s most important economic system has also closed down cinemas, malls and restaurants and halted flights as it techniques up attempts to incorporate the virus.

King Salman has warned of a “additional complicated” battle in advance versus the virus, as the kingdom faces the economic double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil rates.

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