Saudi Arabia Bans Travel From India, 52 Countries Amid Coronavirus Scare

The choice expanded the variety of international locations included within the journey ban record to 53. (File)

Riyadh:

Saudi Arabia has prolonged its journey ban to incorporate the European Union and 12 different international locations, together with India, because the variety of coronavirus instances within the Kingdom jumped to 62, based on media reviews on Friday.

Saudi well being officers on Friday introduced 17 new coronavirus instances, elevating the variety of instances within the nation to 62, based on the official Saudi information company.

There are 11 international nationals among the many individuals who contracted the virus, Saudi Press Company quoted the Saudi Well being Ministry as saying.

One particular person was discharged from hospital after recovering from the virus, the assertion stated.

Saudi Arabia early Thursday suspended flights to all EU international locations in addition to Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia.

“Saudi Arabia’s authorities determined to quickly droop the journey of residents and residents, and to droop flights to the European Union international locations, in addition to Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia,” Saudi Gazette quoted a supply on the Ministry of Inside as saying.

The federal government may also be suspending the entry to these coming from the aforementioned international locations and entry to those that have been in these international locations inside a time interval of 14 days previous to their arrival to the Kingdom, it stated.

The federal government’s determination grants Saudi nationals and residents of these international locations with legitimate Saudi residency visas 72 hours to return to the Kingdom earlier than the journey suspension comes into impact.

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The journey ban excludes Indian and Filipino medical practitioners working within the Kingdom, considering the mandatory and required precautions, the report stated.

The ministries of inside and well being would coordinate whereas coping with humanitarian and distinctive instances, with out prejudice to the mandatory precautionary and preventive measures.

The choice expanded the variety of international locations included within the journey ban record to 53.

After rising in Wuhan, China final December, the novel coronavirus, formally often known as COVID-19, has unfold to no less than 114 international locations.

Saudi Arabia on March 9 suspended journey to Oman, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, and South Korea.

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