Saudi Arabia imposes full lockdown on holy cities of Mecca and Medina to combat coronavirus

Saudi Arabia imposes full lockdown on holy cities of Mecca and Medina to combat coronavirus

Saudi Arabia imposes full lockdown on holy cities of Mecca and Medina to combat coronavirus

  • Saudi official announced cars may only carry one passenger in the holy cities 
  • Some areas were already locked down but others had a curfew from 3pm to 6am 
  • Curfew has exceptions, including to buy food and to work for essential staff
  • Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,885 infections and 21 deaths, the most in the Gulf 
  • Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew on Thursday in the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, an extension of measures to combat coronavirus.

    The Saudi interior ministry stipulated exceptions, including for essential workers and to allow residents to buy food and access medical care. Cars may only carry one passenger.

    Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,885 infections and 21 deaths, the most in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council. It has already halted international flights, suspended the year-round umrah pilgrimage, closed most public places, and heavily restricted internal movement.

  • A slidey shows the holy site of the Kaaba holiest city in the Muslim world, located in Mecca, before (left) and after the coronavirus outbreak 

    Pictured: A small crowd gathers around the Kaaba, the holiest site in the Muslim world, which is located in the Saudi city of Mecca, on 7 March

    Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in August last year

    Women wear protective face masks, as they walk, after Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on the province of Qatif, following the spread of coronavirus, in Qatif, Saudi Arabia March 10, 2020

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