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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Saudi Arabia

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Saudi Arabia
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSaudi Arabia
First outbreakWuhan via Iran, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, France, United Kingdom
Index caseQatif
Arrival date2 March 2020
(1 month)
Confirmed cases1,885[1]
Recovered328[1]
Deaths
21[1]
Official website
https://www.moh.gov.sa/en/CCC/events/covid-19/Pages/2020.aspx

The 2019–20 Coronavirus Pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Saudi Arabia on March 2, 2020.

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-02
1(+%)
2020-03-04
2(+100%)
2020-03-05
5(+150%)
2020-03-07
7(+40%)
2020-03-08
11(+57%)
2020-03-09
15(+36%)
2020-03-10
20(+33%)
2020-03-11
45(+125%)
2020-03-12
62(+38%)
2020-03-13
86(+39%)
2020-03-14
103(+20%)
2020-03-15
118(+15%)
2020-03-16
133(+13%)
2020-03-17
171(+28%)
2020-03-18
238(+39%)
2020-03-19
274(+15%)
2020-03-20
344(+25%)
2020-03-21
392(+14%)
2020-03-22
511(+30%) 0
2020-03-23
562(+10%) 0
2020-03-24
767(+36%) 1(+1)
2020-03-25
900(+17%) 2(+1)
2020-03-26
1012(+12%) 3(+1)
2020-03-27
1104(+9%) 3
2020-03-28
1203(+9%) 4(+1)
2020-03-29
1299(+8%) 8(+4)
2020-03-30
1453(+12%) 8
2020-03-31
1563(+7.5%) 10(+2)
2020-04-01
1720(+10%) 16(+6)
2020-04-02
1885(+9.5%) 21(+5)
Sources: [2][3][4][5][6]

March 2020

  • On 4 March, Saudi Arabia reported a second coronavirus case, a companion of the first, who crossed the causeway from Bahrain without disclosing that he had visited Iran.[8]
  • On 5 March, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health announced three new cases of coronavirus; two of which are a couple who traveled from Iran via Kuwait and one, another companion of the first and second cases.[9]
  • On 6 March, the Ministry of Health announced a further two cases, both being female. One was from Iran via Bahrain and the other was from Najaf, Iraq through the Emirates. Both did not tell the authorities where they had been and thus, were let in.[10]
  • On 8 March, the Ministry of Health announced 4 more cases. Three of the four patients are citizens who were in contact with previous infected cases arriving from Iran, and the fourth case is a citizen arriving from Iran via the United Arab Emirates.[11]
  • On 9 March, Saudi authorities announced the discovery of four more new coronavirus cases. The new cases include a Saudi national, two Bahrainis, and an American. All the new cases have been quarantined in Qatif and Riyadh.[12]
  • On 10 March, the Ministry of Health announced 5 more cases, bringing the total to 20.[13]
  • On 11 March, the Ministry of Health announced 1 more case, an Egyptian.[14] On the same day, the Ministry further announced 24 more cases, 21 of which are Egyptians who had been in contact with a person who previously tested positive, taking the country's total to 45.[15]
  • On 1/ March, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in the Kingdom to 62.[16]
  • On March 13, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 24 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 86.[17]
  • On March 14, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 17 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 103.[18]
  • On March 15, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 15 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 118.[19]
  • On March 16, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 15 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 133.[20]
  • On March 17, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 38 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 171.[21]
  • On 18 March, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 67 new cases, 6 of whom are children, bringing the total in the Kingdom to 238.[22] The ministry also announced the recovery of 6 other cases.
  • On 19 March, Saudi Arabia's health ministry announced 36 new coronavirus cases. The ministry said the total number of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom has reached 274.[23] Two more cases have recovered bringing the total number of recovered cases to 8. No deaths have been reported.
  • On 20 March, KSA reported 70 new cases of Novel Coronavirus. The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced the monitoring and registering of 70 new cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 344.[24] In a statement announced here at night, the ministry stated that among the new infections (11) were cases coming from: Morocco, India, Jordan, the Philippines, Britain, the Emirates and Switzerland. The 11 cases were isolated directly from airports to hospitals, in quarantine (sanitary isolation), proven effective in dealing with the transmission of infection, adding that there is a case of a healthcare practitioner, in Riyadh.[25]
  • On 21 March, Saudi Arabia announces 48 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as total reaches 392.[26] Anyone concerned about the virus, or who wants more information about it and precautions that can be taken, can contact the ministry's service center on the toll-free number, 937. Only official sources can be relied on to provide accurate information, the ministry added.
  • On 22 March, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 119 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 511.
  • On 23 March, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 51 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 562.
  • On 24 March, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced 205 new cases, bringing the total in Saudi Arabia to 767, and it is also reported that a 51-year-old Afghan national in Medina, Saudi Arabia was announced as the first casualty from the coronavirus in that country. The Afghan had died on 23 March.[27][28]

Reactions

Holy sites

On 27 February 2020, Saudi Arabia announced temporary suspension of entry for individuals wanting to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in Great Mosque of Mecca or to visit the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, as well as tourists. The rule was also extended to visitors traveling from countries where SARS-CoV-2 posed a risk.[29]

On 5 March, Saudi Arabia announced further precaution steps regarding the Great Mosque of Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque, which include a temporary daily closure of the Great Mosque for sterilization purposes.[30]

On 19 March, Saudi Arabia suspended the holding of daily prayers and the weekly Friday prayers inside and outside the walls of the two mosques in Mecca and Medina to limit the spread of coronavirus.[31]

On 20 March, Saudi Arabia suspended entry and prayers to the general public at the two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina to limit the spread of the coronavirus.[32]

Evacuation

On 2 February, 10 Saudi student evacuees were brought into the country from Wuhan. Their initial negative tests for COVID-19 were announced the following day.[33] However, they were kept in quarantine for two additional weeks before allowed to return home.[34]

Mobility and Transport

On 6 February, Saudi Arabia had announced a ban on travel to China on citizens and residents.[35]

Saudi Arabia suspended direct passenger flights between the Kingdom and China as early as 2 February 2020.[citation needed]

On 20 March, The Ministry of Interior suspended domestic flights, trains, buses and taxis for 14 days in a heightened effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19. The new measure will took effect at 6 a.m. (AST) on Saturday 2- March 2020.[36]

Customs Control

On 28 February, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia announced the temporary suspension of entry for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens to Mecca and Medina. Citizens of the GCC who had been in Saudi Arabia for more than 14 continuous days and didn't show any symptoms of COVID-19 would be excluded from this rule.[29]

Lockdown Areas

On 8 March, the Saudi Arabian government announced that it was temporarily halting all transport in and out of Qatif on its eastern coast, though Qatif residents will be permitted to enter the territory. Cement blocks were reportedly placed as roadblocks on the main road leading to the area. The country's interior ministry stated that all individuals with confirmed cases in the country were from Qatif.[37] On 30 March, the area of Jeddah Governerate was subjected to a curfew by the Ministry of Interior, with all entries and exits from the city were suspended.[38]

Other measures

On 7 March, the Saudi Ministry of Sports announced that all sports competitions would be held behind closed doors.[39][40] In addition, the Ministry also announced that the 2020 Saudi Olympics Games that was set to be held on 23 March until 1 April was suspended until further notice.[41][42] On 14 March, the Ministry announced that all sports competitions would be suspended until further notice as well as the closure of all stadiums, sports centers and gyms.[43]

On 8 March, the Saudi Ministry of Education announced that schools and universities will be closed in Saudi Arabia from Monday to control the spread of coronavirus. The decision covers all educational institutions, including public and private schools, and technical and vocational training institutions.[44]

On 14 March, the Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs announced that they would be closing all amusement parks and entertainment zones in malls as well as that they would be sterilizing and ventilating all restaurants. In addition, the Ministry also announced that they would be banning all social events, including funerals and weddings.[45]

On 15 March, the Ministry announced the closure of all shopping malls, restaurants, coffee shops, and public parks with the exception of pharmacies and supermarkets.[46]

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