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Saudi Arabia Extends Coronavirus Curfew Indefinitely

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman made the decision to extend the curfew "until a further notice."
Posted at 6:03 PM, Apr 13, 2020

Saudi Arabia is extending a curfew to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman made the decision to extend the curfew "until a further notice." The curfew, which was imposed March 23, was originally supposed to end April 8. 

Saudis must stay inside their homes from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. except for essential needs, such as going to certain designated jobs or grocery and pharmacy shopping. Violators of the curfew can be fined if they do not have issued permits.

Last week, Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew in the nation's capital of Riyadh and other large cities as it feared people were not taking the virus seriously. That curfew has also been extended indefinitely. 

Saudi Arabia has about 5,000 cases of the coronavirus with around 65 deaths, the highest in the regional six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

Since Saudi Arabia's coronavirus outbreak began in March, the government has suspended international flightsthe year-long Islamic pilgrimage and more.