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Ministry of Interior: Suspending entry and exit from Qatif Governorate temporarily
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 08 - 03 - 2020

An official source of the Ministry of Interior has stated that according to precautionary health measures recommended by competent health authorities, given that all eleven (11) positive cases registered with the new Coronavirus COVID19 are people from Qatif Governorate, as internationally established practices to prevent the spread of the virus requires dealing at the geographical level in which the cases are present, and the need to take all recommended preventive health measures to prevent the spread of the virus, it was decided the following:
1. Suspending entry and exit from Qatif Governorate temporarily (from Saihat in the south to Safwa in the north).
2. Enabling returnees who live in the governorate to reach their homes.
3. Stopping work in all government departments and private institutions, an increase in precautionary measures to prevent the possibility of transmission of infection, with the exception of basic facilities to provide security, supply and necessary services, such as pharmacies, supply stores, petrol stations, and health, environmental, municipal and security facilities, while taking necessary health precautions.
4. Enabling commercial and catering transport to move to and from the governorate, and taking necessary health precautions.
Anyone affected by this procedure will be granted a health license to be issued electronically and approved by the Ministry of Health.
The source emphasized that the continued cooperation of all citizens in implementing the precautionary measures will have the greatest impact on the success of the taken measures, and enabling competent health authorities to provide the best medical care to prevent the spread of the virus and eliminate it to ensure the safety of all people.


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