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Saudi Arabia suspends international flights over Covid-19 fears

The government ordered anyone who has returned from or passed through a European country over the past three months to get tested for Covid-19 immediately.

By: AP | Dubai | December 21, 2020 11:00:08 am
saudi arabia international flights, covid-19, world news, indian expressThe government ordered anyone who has returned from or passed through a European country over the past three months to get tested for Covid-19 immediately. (File Photo)

Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended all international passenger flights for citizens and residents over fears about the fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. The Kingdom’s interior ministry says the one-week flight ban may be extended “until medical information about the nature of this virus becomes clear.”

The country’s land and sea ports will also close for a week. The government ordered anyone who has returned from or passed through a European country over the past three months to get tested for Covid-19 immediately.

The ministry added that the travel suspension will not affect the country’s cargo flights and supply chains.

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