Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia's King Salman orders temporary release of jailed debtors

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has suspended the judicial orders related to the imprisonment of debtors in private right cases, with immediate temporary release for those who were imprisoned, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

The King also suspended the judicial orders related to enabling children to visit one of their separated parents.

The Minister of Justice, who is also the President of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, confirmed that the arrest warrants were immediately lifted and the enforcement authority was notified to enforce it.

He added that the ruling related to seeing and visiting children was also suspended immediately and the parties were notified by a text message.

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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in several cities, including Riyadh

Curfew in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has introduced a range of measures to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Kingdom.

On Monday, authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew and lockdown on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf and throughout the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar.

“This action comes within the framework of the efforts undertaken by the Kingdom to confront the coronavirus pandemic and in implementation of the recommendations of the competent health authorities to raise the degree of precautionary and preventive measures in order to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents,” a source from the interior ministry was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency.

Vital industries are exempt from the curfew. As of Tuesday, the Kingdom has reported 2,795 cases of coronavirus, with 41 deaths.

However, the health ministry warned that cases in the Kingdom could reach up to 200,000 within weeks.

Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section.

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