Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia’s health minister urges people to stay home

A man wears a protective face mask, as he walks, after Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on the province of Qatif, following the spread of coronavirus, in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, March 10, 2020. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah urged people on Monday to stay home in order to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus and said only to go out if absolutely necessary. He also said during the press conference that the coming days will be challenging and critical in continuing the fight against the new coronavirus.

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Al-Rabiah added that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have been fully supportive of the Kingdom’s efforts in containing the spread of the virus.

Some of these efforts include employers being required to give 14-days of sick leave to pregnant women, and any employees with respiratory illnesses or preexisting conditions.

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New coronavirus precautionary measures were put into place on Sunday, including the closure of malls and parks, banning restaurants and cafes from serving food and beverages on their premises, as well as suspending workplace attendance at most government agencies.

Saudi Arabia recorded three new coronavirus recoveries, bringing the total to six as of Monday, according to the health minister.

Al-Rabiah did not announce any new confirmed cases on Monday, keeping the Kingdom’s total at 118.

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