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Curfew Announced In Saudi Arabia For Eid Holiday

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The government of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that it will enforce a countrywide 24-hour ‘curfew’ during the five holidays of Eid-ul-Fitr later this month.

International news agency Reuters reported that the Kingdom’s interior ministry has said that the curfew would apply from May 23 – May 27 following the end of the holy month of Ramzan.

“Until then, commercial and business enterprises will remain open, and people can move freely between 9am – 5pm, except in Makkah which remains under a full curfew,” the statement published by state-run news agency SPA said.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia had imposed 24-hour curfews on most affected towns and cities, including Makkah and Medina. Although, the strict lockdowns were eased at the start of Ramzan, but not in those areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases.

The government officials and health authorities of Saudi Arabia have reported 42,925 confirmed coronavirus cases and 264 deaths to date. These are the highest numbers in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which together have recorded more than 107,000 cases and 582 deaths.

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