By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Saudi officials have repeatedly urged people to stay at home as a precautionary measure amid the growing coronavirus pandemic
One-third of all confirmed coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia are a result of people coming into contact with previously infected individuals during social gatherings, according to the kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the ministry, the gatherings have included family reunions, weddings and funnels. Saudi officials have repeatedly urged people to stay at home as a precautionary measure amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.
Statistics from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health show that there are currently 7,067 people in quarantine.
Saudi officials have taken a number of steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the kingdom.
On Saturday, for example, the country suspended all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains for a 14-day period, with the exception of trips related to health services, food and water deliveries and cargo.
On Thursday, King Salman gave a televised addess to Saudis in which he said the country “continues to take all precautionary measures to confront this pandemic and limit its effects.”