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HEALTH | WHO To Travelers – Keep An Eye On ‘Anywhere And Everywhere’ COVID-19

Geneva – The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to wear masks on planes and keep themselves informed as COVID-19 cases surge again in some countries, prompting new restrictions in places like Australia. Spokeswoman Margaret Harris urged people not to be cough off-guard by resurgent local epidemics and quarantine measures, saying: ‘If it’s anywhere, … Continue reading HEALTH | WHO To Travelers – Keep An Eye On ‘Anywhere And Everywhere’ COVID-19

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SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered coronavirus treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom, Health Minister Tawfig al-Rabiah said on Monday.

KING SALMAN

Saudi Arabia will finance treatment for anyone infected with the coronavirus in the country, the health minister said on Monday, while the agriculture ministry took steps to boost wheat and livestock supplies and global fears of a food shortage.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi authorities announced a lockdown and a partial curfew in seven neighborhoods of the Red Sea city of Jeddah, starting on Saturday, as part of measures to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, the interior ministry said in a statement.


MONACO

Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus but his health is not a cause for concern, his office said on Thursday.‘Prince Albert is continuing to work from the office in his private apartments’, it said in a statement.The office said that Prince Albert is in constant contact with members of his cabinet, the government said and his closest staff.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia suspended on Friday all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains for 14 days starting Saturday, state news agency reported quoting a source in interior ministry.The source said the move comes as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus which has spread panic in global markets and put several countries on virtual lockdowns

DUBAI EXPO 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be postponed by one year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters and two sources familiar with the matter.An estimated 11 million overseas visitors were expected to attend the nearly six-month-long showpiece of culture, business and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries that was due to start in October.


SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia will suspend international flights for a two weeks from Sunday to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.The suspension will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Some flights will be permitted in exceptional cases, the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

FRANCE

France will shut most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from midnight on Saturday and people should stay home as much as possible as the spread of coronavirus is accelerating, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced. He was speaking at a news conference after the public health authority said 91 people had died in France and almost 4,500 were now infected

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received on Tuesday a telephone call from French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss global efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, reported the Saudi Press Agency.


MIDDLE EAST

Middle East governments should consider providing support to airlines to help them manage the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which has led to a raft of flight cancellations, the industry’s largest global body said on Monday.Global airlines have warned of the toll on their business as passenger numbers fall due to the outbreak that first emerged in China in late December and has since spread to more than 50 countries.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia has placed a temporary ban on its citizens and residents from performing the Muslim pilgrimage Umrah in Makkah to prevent the spread of coronavirus according to State News Agency SPA.Under the temporary ban Saudi nationals and residents living in the Kingdom wanting to perform Umrah will not be allowed into Islam’s holiest sites.Last week, Saudi Arabia closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus.

SPAIN

All of Madrid’s state-run museum, including the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, will be closed to the public due to the coronavirus epidemic that has hit the Spanish capital, authorities said on Wednesday .‘The measures takes effect from tomorrow, March 12, until further notice’, Spani’s Culture Ministry tweeted.The Reina Sofia, home to Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and other famous modern art works, also tweeted about its closure.