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King Salman orders lockdown in Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah

Residents of Saudi Arabia are barred from entering or leaving Riyadh, Makkah and Medina on Thursday, according to new coronavirus prevention measures approved by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a greater attempt to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the newly enforced curfew will begin at 3 p.m. instead of seven o’clock. In the cities of Makkah, Medina and Riyadh. The new directives will come into force from Thursday afternoon until the end of the curfew period specified in the earlier order of the King.

King Salman also approved a measure prohibiting people in the 13 regions of the Kingdom from moving between different regions.

The responsible authorities have been allowed to raise curfew hours or curfews throughout the day in the cities of Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh or in other towns, governorates and regions on the basis of recommendations made by the Ministry of Health. Work on implementing the order will begin on Thursday, March 26, the royal order added.

The travel ban does not include groups and sectors that have previously been exempted from the curfew.

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