By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Most Saudi government workers ordered to stay at home for 16 days as the kingdom tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus
Saudi Arabia has ordered the closure of all malls, restaurants, coffee shops, public parks and gardens as part of the kingdom’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
However, supermarkets, pharmacies and food delivery firms are exempted from the closures, according to Saudi-owned Al Arabiya.
According to media reports, the order went into immediate effect across the kingdom.
In a separate announcement, the Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended government work and announced all workers should stay at home for 16 days - with exception of health and security - as part of efforts to contain the pandemic in the kingdom.
As of the morning of Monday, March 16, As of the morning of Monday, March 16, there have been 118 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia said earlier that it has a total of 2,200 hospital beds allotted to potential quarantine cases.
Twenty-five hospitals have been prepared to deal with coronavirus cases as part of wider precautionary measures that have included closing its borders to foreign Umrah pilgrims.
Globally, there have been over 169,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 6,500 fatalities.