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Saudi Arabia confirms 51 new cases of coronavirus as GCC total nears 2,000

Saudi Arabia has closed all non-main gates of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

Saudi Arabia confirms 51 new cases of coronavirus as GCC total nears 2,000

Saudi Arabia implements 21-day curfew, from 7pm to 6am. Image: SPA

Saudi Arabia announced 51 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the total number in the kingdom to 562.

At a press conference, Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr Mohamed Al-Abdali, confirmed 25 travel-related cases, while 26 were caused by social contact with previous cases.

Cases were discovered in Riyadh (18), Mecca (12), Taif (6), Bisha (5), Dammam (3), Qatif (3), Jizan (2), Najran (1) and Al-Qunfudhah (1).

Al-Abdali revealed the breakdown of cases include 266 men and 296 women as well as 29 involving children. There have been no deaths reported to date.

From Monday, the kingdom introduced a 21-day curfew, from 7pm to 6am.

Gates closed

Meanwhile the General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais has issued an order, closing non-main gates of the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

While the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that pilgrims whose visas ended and those who are late for leaving the country during the regular period of the Umrah season will be exempt from legal and financial ramifications as a result of overstaying in the kingdom.

There are currently 1,893 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the GCC – KSA (562), Qatar (501), Bahrain (377), UAE (198), Kuwait (189) and Oman (66) and four deaths reported, two in Bahrain and two in the UAE.

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