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