Saudi Arabia locks down Jeddah amid coronavirus outbreak

Saudi Arabia shut down entry and exit into the Jeddah governorate and brought forward a curfew there to begin at 3pm local time amid coronavirus outbreak.

The curfew in Jeddah previously began at 7pm. Saudi Arabia applied the same measures to Riyadh, Mecca and Medina last week.

The measures are part of the Kingdom’s continued efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The number of infected cases in the Kingdom stands at 1,203 with four deaths and 37 recoveries.

The Saudi interior ministry said on Saturday it was extending the suspension of international and internal flights as well as work at private and public sectors.

Domestic flights, trains, buses and taxis also remain suspended, the Interior Ministry added.