Saudi Arabia fully prepared to handle any coronavirus cases: Health Ministry

Saudi Arabia has not confirmed any coronavirus cases in the Kingdom. (Screengrab)

Saudi Arabia has not confirmed any coronavirus infections, however, the Kingdom is fully prepared for any potential cases, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday during a press conference.

The Kingdom has prepared 25 hospitals and 8,000 beds to handle any coronavirus cases that might be detected.

Over 100,000 individuals seeking to perform Umrah have left the Kingdom since the government temporarily suspended entry to Mecca on Thursday, a spokesman with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said.

However, anyone in the Kingdom for Umrah prior to the suspension of entry is “more than welcome” to stay, said a Ministry of Hajj and Umrah spokesman.

The spokesman confirmed the suspension is only temporary and decisions will be made based on official information provided from health officials and government officials.

He added that only Umrah and Saudi Arabia tourism visas for some countries where coronavirus poses a risk have been suspended, business visas are still available.

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Last Update: Monday, 02 March 2020 KSA 07:01 - GMT 04:01
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