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Saudi closes schools in Qatif province to avoid coronavirus spread

Ministry of Sports has suspended public attendance at events

Saudi closes schools in Qatif province to avoid coronavirus spread

Saudi education authorities will activate a remote education initiative, (photo for illustrative purpose only)

Saudi Arabia has closed all schools and higher education institutions in Qatif province in the eastern region for two weeks to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Saudi education authorities will activate a remote education initiative, state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

It comes as the number of confirmed cases in the kingdom has increased to seven.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has also announced that people who have travelled to Italy, Korea, Egypt and Lebanon over the past 14 days, must isolate themselves and stay at home for a period of two weeks from when they returned.

The Ministry of Sports, meanwhile, has suspended public attendance at all sports events from Saturday as a precautionary measure against the potential spread of coronavirus.

It has been announced that the Saudi Arabian International Festival for Arab Horse, scheduled to be held in Al-Diriyah on March 18 and run for ten days, has been postponed.

The events was set to attract more than 450 horses from all over the world, with prizes in excess of SR1 million ($267,000) for winning horses.

The Riyadh International Book Fair, due to run from April 2-11, has also been cancelled.

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