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In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia on Sunday ended a nationwide coronavirus curfew and lifted restrictions on businesses, including hair salons and cinemas, after three months of stringent curbs, despite a spike in infections.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia resume all commercial activities and lift restrictions on movement even as coronavirus cases show no signs of easing.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Curfew was lifted across the nation from 6am on Sunday.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

International travel and the Muslim pilgrimage known as Umrah will continue to be banned.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Social distancing remains in place and wearing of masks is mandatory.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Reopening of hair salons and cinemas across the kingdom with strict guidelines on social distancing.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Gatherings can’t exceed 50 people.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

On Sunday, the total number of infections rose to 157,612, while the death toll climbed to 1,267, according to data from the health ministry.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

But the decision to lift restrictions comes amid the kingdom's worst economic crisis in decades as it grapples with the twin blow of low oil prices and the impact of the virus.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Prayers were also allowed to resume in mosques in the holy city of Mecca.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

The kingdom, which has the highest reported coronavirus infections in the Gulf.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew.

In pictures: Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia ends coronavirus curfew.