Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates to keep coronavirus out of Mecca, Medina

      Published on Monday, 11 May , 2020      1548 Views     
Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates to keep coronavirus out of Mecca, Medina

  • Coronavirus

Saudi Arabia has installed self-sterilisation gates in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Saudi government announced Thursday.

The conservative kingdom has installed the gates at the entrances to the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

The sterilisation gates spray worshippers with antiseptic and are also equipped with thermal cameras able to detect temperatures from a distance of six metres.

Saudi Arabia partially eased a 24-hour curfew in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic at the end of April.

But a round-the-clock lockdown was maintained in some areas including Mecca, which has reported the kingdom’s highest number of infections in recent days despite being sealed off.

The self-sterilisation gates are the latest in a series of measures taken by the kingdom to stop the spread of the virus.

Saudi Arabia had already installed thermal cameras, instituted social distancing and suspended communal prayers.

The nightly prayers performed during the holy month of Ramadan, known as Tarawih, held at the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque have also been closed to the public.

Category Coronavirus, Events, Government | 2020/05/11 latest update at 10:10 PM
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