TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Bans Travel To EU And 12 More Countries As Coronavirus Total In Kingdom More Than Doubles To 45

RIYADH | Saudi Arabia on Thursday temporarily stooped all travel to almost of Europe and 12 more countries in Asia and Africa as the number of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom jumper to 45.

The ministry of Health on Wednesday said the latest cases include a man and a women who were tested and placed in quarantine when they return from Iraq, and a 12-year-old girl in Al-Qatif. It is believed she contracted the virus from her grandfather, who recently return from a trip to Iran.

The remaining 21 cases involves Egyptians who had contact with a visitor from their home country who previously tested positive from the coronavirus.

Of the 45 people infected by the virus, one has recovered and the rest are in isolation and receiving health care according to accepted and approved practices. Earlier in the day, the ministry announced the patient who has been given the all clear was the Saudi national who on Mar.2 was the first to test positive for COVID-19.

Included its in new travel ban are member countries of the European Union, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia.

The ministry repeated its call for anyone who recently visited a country in which the coronavirus has spread to immediately contact its service center by calling the toll – free number, 937.

In addition, it urged members of the public who are concerned about the virus, or want information about it and precautions that can be taken, to contact the ministry. It stressed that only official sources can be relied on to provide accurate information.


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