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Coronavirus deaths in Saudi Arabia double to eight

Covid-19 infections in the kingdom currently stands at 1,299

Coronavirus deaths in Saudi Arabia double to eight

On Sunday, the Interior Ministry announced the curfew for the Jeddah Governorate would be brought forward to start at 3pm.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Saudi Arabia doubled to eight on Sunday as cumulative infections in the kingdom rose from 1,203 to 1,299 – the highest in the Gulf region.

Riyadh has imposed a nationwide partial curfew, barred entry and exit from the capital as well as Islam's two holiest cities Mecca and Medina and prohibited movement between all provinces.

On Sunday, the Interior Ministry announced the curfew for the Jeddah Governorate would be brought forward to start at 3pm, while the entire governorate has gone into complete lockdown, with entry and exit suspended, except for workers previously exempt from the curfew.

King Salman warned last week of a "more difficult" fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the economic double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.

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