Mecca, Medina, Riyadh in lockdown as coronavirus cases spike
Residents from the three cities will be unable to enter or exit the three cities, with increased measures to halt movement.
According to Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry, the curfew enforced earlier this week will, as of Thursday, begin at 3pm instead of the original dusk-to-dawn decree imposition.
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The ministry added that the curfew exemptions still apply to those in essential public and private sectors such as police, health workers, military and media.
The measures come as cases in coronavirus spiked to 767 in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that its number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, jumped from 562 to 767, with one fatality.
The first fatality in the country is a 51-year-old resident from Afghanistan.
Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, the spokesman for the Saudi Health Ministry, said the patient was already in an advanced stage of the disease when he arrived at the emergency unit.