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Saudi mulls ‘unified’ permit system during curfew – report

Saudi mulls ‘unified’ permit system during curfew – report

Saudi Arabia reported 1,088 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, with the total tally at 9,362

Saudi Arabia is currently planning to impose a “unified system for movement permits” during the curfew across the country, local daily Arab News reported.

The new system will be implemented from Tuesday, April 21, the report quoted an official source at the interior ministry as saying.

Saudi Arabia imposed an evening curfew across the kingdom on March 23 to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Read: Saudi King extends curfew until further notice

It later extended that to a 24-hour curfew in several cities including Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah and Dammam due to the current rate at which the coronavirus is spreading across the kingdom.

Under the curfew, entry into and exit from these areas has been banned until further notice. The ban does not extend to those already exempted, including employees of vital sectors in government and private sectors.

Read: Saudi imposes 24-hour curfew in several cities including Riyadh, Dammam

Saudi’s Ministry of Health reported a steep rise in new Covid-19 cases across the country on Sunday.

Of the 1,088 newly diagnosed cases, the highest were recorded in Makkah (251), Jeddah (210), Dammam (190) and Madinah (177).

The total number of those infected with the new strain of the virus across the country has now reached 9,362.

The kingdom also announced five additional fatalities, with the total number of Covid-19 related deaths now at 97.

Most of the new cases were found following mass testing in crowded neighbourhoods and workers’ dormitories.

Read: Saudi reports 1,088 new cases, its highest ever daily increase

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