Saudi Arabia imposes curfew to curb COVID-19 spread

Saudi Arabia mposed a nationwide curfew after reporting a jump of almost a quarter in coronavirus cases, while the United Arab Emirates will suspend all passenger and transit flights to and from the country.

Saudi King Salman ordered a curfew - from 7 pm to 6 am for 21 days - to slow the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency 'SPA' reported on Monday.

The curfew will take effect on Monday evening.

The UAE said it will suspend all passenger and transit flights to and from the country for two weeks over coronavirus fears, state news agency 'WAM' said on Monday.

Cargo operations will continue.

The UAE’s ministry of health has decided to close shopping and commercial centres, leaving open pharmacies and supermarkets, along with fish, vegetables and meat markets dealing with wholesalers, 'WAM' reported.

It will limit restaurants to delivery services.

(with news agency inputs)