Saudi Arabia suspends int’l flights over coronavirus.
- A Monitor Report16 Mar, 2020 | 279 Views|-+
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia announced on March 14 to suspend international flights for two weeks in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to media reports.
"The kingdom's government decided to suspend international flights for two weeks (Starting from March 15) as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia has recorded 86 cases of the virus so far, but no deaths, according to the health ministry.
The kingdom had already halted flights to some countries and closed schools and universities as part of measures to contain the disease.
The authorities have also suspended the Umrah year-round pilgrimage to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina for fear of the virus spreading.