Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends public transport

Except those connected to vital sectors

20 March, 16:21

    (ANSAmed) - RIYADH, MARCH 20 - Saudi Arabia will on Saturday suspend all public transport as part of its efforts to combat the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, an interior ministry official told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The measure will include all national flights, buses, taxies, trains and ferries and will begin on Saturday morning and stay in place for 14 days. Flights associated with humanitarian assistance, medical evacuation aircrafts, private flights as well as transportation associated with health services, food and water, cargo ships and freights will not be affected, SPA said. A reported 274 cases of COVID-19 have been found in the country thus far. The UAE - where 140 reported cases have reportedly been found - restrictions on arrivals in the country have become stricter.

    Citizens from Gulf countries will undergo health tests on arrival and will have to be placed under quarantine for 14 days, the foreign ministry announced on Friday. (ANSAmed).

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