Timeline: Here are all the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to combat the coronavirus
Saudi Arabia has taken several measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus since the outbreak of the disease first began earlier this year, with only three deaths being recorded so far.
Part of the measures taken by the Kingdom includes suspending the seasonal minor Umrah pilgrimage for national and foreign worshippers to introducing a lockdown of the country and establishing a partial curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states have been relatively successful in containing the virus, but infections have spiraled out of control in Iran, much of Europe and the United States.
The Kingdom convened a virtual extraordinary summit on March 26, bringing together the leaders from the Group of 20 major economies (G20) to address the coronavirus pandemic.
“We reaffirm our full support for the World Health Organization in coordinating the efforts to counter this pandemic. To complement these efforts, the G20 must assume the responsibility of reinforcing cooperation in financing research and development for therapeutics and a vaccine for COVID-19 and ensure the availability of the vital medical supplies and equipment. We must also strengthen the global preparedness to counter infectious diseases that may spread in the future,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said during his speech as he chaired the virtual G20 meeting.
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