Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia Lifts Curfew Except in Mecca

A 24-hour curfew will remain in the holy city of Mecca and in previously isolated neighbourhoods, state media reported.

Saudi Arabia lifts curfew
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King Salman of Saudi Arabia has issued an order of 24-hour curfew in Mecca and partially lifts curfew in the rest of the kingdom, the state news reported on Sunday. Under the order, the curfew will be lifted from 9 am to 5 pm from Sunday onwards.

The shopping malls, retail shops can reopen from April 29 to May 13 because of the holy month of Ramadan. As of Sunday, the kingdom has recorded a total of 16,299 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 136 fatalities.

According to the data compiled by John Hopkins University, Saudi Arabia has the highest number of infections in all six GCC countries. Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew on April 2 in the holy city of Mecca and Medina in a bid to curb any further spread of the respiratory disease.

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The Saudi government has also suspended this year’s Umrah pilgrimage out of fears of coronavirus. It is also expected that the government will cancel this year’s Hajj pilgrimage set for July. It will happen for the first time in modern history as the kingdom has urged Muslims around the world to defer this year’s preparations.

Hajj is an important pillar of Islam, and every Muslim is bound to perform it once in his/her lifetime if able. Every year millions of Muslims around the world gather to perform the pilgrimage. In 2019, nearly 2.9 million Muslims traveled to the kingdom to take part in the hajj.

In the Crown prince’s ambitious economic plan, the Annual pilgrimage is a huge business for the kingdom, and he plans to expand the number of visitors. However, there have steps to curb the attendance of people from high-risk areas, like the Ebola outbreak in recent years.

The kingdom has closed all the major public locations, including malls, restaurants, and overseas flights, to curb the spread of the respiratory disease. Because of Oil markets crashing, the Crown Prince has warned the citizens of tough times as the economy hit by COVID-19 stumbles.

Globally, there have been a total of 2.9 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with nearly 203,000 deaths as of Sunday.

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