Saudi Arabia’s Madinah Principality has extended its coronavirus-imposed curfew hours into Al-Shuraybaat, Bani Zufr, Qurbaan, Al-Jum’a, certain parts of Iskaan and Bani Khudr.
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On Friday, the hours were extended to stretch from 3pm to 6am in Riyadh as well as Makkah and Medina.
Authorities have urged people to “implement self-quarantine” at home and said citizens can leave the house between the hours of the curfew ending and starting up again only for “urgent needs”, such as for healthcare and groceries.
Authorities have warned that transgressors will be fined 10,000 Saudi riyals ($2,663) and could face jail for repeated breaches.
The Arab world’s biggest economy has also closed down cinemas, malls and restaurants, halted flights and suspended the year-round umrah pilgrimage as it steps up efforts to contain the virus.
There are currently 1,299 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom reported its fourth death from the virus on Saturday.
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