Saudi Arabia extends flight and public transport suspensions until further notice

Saudi Arabia extends flight and public transport suspensions until further notice

Saudi Arabia will continue the suspension of international and domestic flights until further notice, with the exception of emergency cases, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, an interior ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

Train, bus and taxi services also remain suspended and people employed in the government sector will continue to work from home, the spokesman told a news conference broadcast on state television.

Saudi Arabia also on Sunday partially eased a 24-hour curfew in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, except for in hotspots including the Muslim holy city of Makkah.

The curfew will be relaxed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and shops and retailers will be allowed to reopen in all regions of the Kingdom until 13 May, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi Arabia recorded 1,223 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 17,522.