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Covid-19 and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia And Covid-19

(Shahar Yar Hussain)

(7th August, 2020.)

Saudi Arabia is also part the Covid-19. On March 2, 2020, the Ministry of Health confirmed the first case in Saudi Arabia. By April 8, as many as 150 members of the Saudi royal family had tested positive. The king’s nephew, Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, has been put in the intensive care unit. As of June 8, the kingdom has 105,283 confirmed cases, the highest among the Arabian Gulf States, with 74,524 recoveries and 746 deaths.

Now total cases are 1,05,283 and 74,524 are recovered and 746 were died it is the 1% rate. First Case

The first case was come to on 2, March and above 1 lac on 7th June. Yesterday 3,369 cases registered. In this month 243 deaths are happen and yesterday 34 were died due to corona virus.

It was interesting that 6th to 23 March the recovery rate was 100% and low recover rate was 89.9 on 29th March.

The Saudi Arabia has high number of cases in Gulf States.

Closure of Mecca and Medina

On 27 February 2020, the Saudi Government announced a temporary suspension of entry of Muslims wanting to perform the Umrah.

On 5 March further precautionary measure were taken regarding the safety of the Islamic Holy State. On 19th March the Saudi government suspended the holding of Daily prayers and the two Mosques in Mecca. On 30th May 2020 Saudi Government announced that Mosques will start reopen from 31 May.

Repatriation of Saudi Citizens

On 2 February 10 Saudi Students were repatriated from Wuhan. Their tests were negative but they kept in Quarantine for two additional weeks before allowed to return home back.


On 6 February Saudi Arabia announced a travel bam to china.


On 8 March the Saudi government announced that was temporary halting all transport in and out.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia imposed Curfew and restrictions in Jeddah from 6 June to 20 June.

Economic measures

On 10 may 2020, Saudi Arabia announced suspension of 1000 riyals/month cost of living allowance from 1st June.


The hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia the holiest city of Muslims. The global outbreak of covid-19 has affected the Hajj which is the 5th pillar of Islam. In March 2020 the ministry of Hajj and Umrah encouraged those planning to visit the Holy sites. However in 23 June 2020, the Ministry of Hajj announced that people from all nationalities who reside in Saudi Arabia are allowed to perform Hajj with limited number of pilgrims to ensure the safety and prevent the transmission of Covid-19 and almost 10,000 pilgrims are excepted as opposed to about 2 million usually.

Muslim community thankful to Allah because this Holy Hajj is offered with limited pilgrims.

Now the Saudi government should take great initiatives to control the corona.

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