Saudi Arabia will finance therapy for anybody contaminated with the coronavirus within the nation, the well being minister mentioned on Monday, whereas the agriculture ministry took steps to spice up wheat and livestock provides amid world fears of a meals scarcity.
The dominion has registered eight deaths amongst 1,453 infections, the very best among the many six Gulf Arab states.
Well being Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah mentioned King Salman would cowl therapy for residents and residents identified with the virus, urging folks with signs to get examined.
“We’re all in the identical boat,” he instructed a information convention, including that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was overseeing containment efforts “evening and day”.
King Salman final week chaired a unprecedented digital summit of G20 leaders to advance a worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic. G20 commerce ministers are holding an emergency video convention on Monday to debate cooperation on provide chains.
At a separate information convention, the agriculture ministry spokesman mentioned Saudi Arabia would begin importing at the very least 1.2 million tonnes extra wheat subsequent month, including to strategic reserves of over 1 million tonnes.
Abdullah Abalkhail mentioned the dominion had additionally expanded the listing of nations from which it will probably import livestock.
Public well being officers say Saudi Arabia’s previous expertise combating the Center East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) helped put together it for the brand new coronavirus outbreak.
The dominion has taken drastic steps to comprise the illness, halting worldwide flights, closing most public locations and imposing a partial curfew.
Restrictions on motion have tightened, with entry and exit to Riyadh, Mecca, Medina and Jeddah closely restricted. The inside ministry mentioned on Monday it was curbing entry to 6 districts in Mecca, because it did over the weekend with a number of neighbourhoods in Medina.
Elsewhere within the area, the United Arab Emirates recorded two deaths on Monday in Arab and Asian nationals, each of their 40s with pre-existing coronary heart situations, elevating the loss of life toll to 5 amongst 611 infections. The nation prolonged distance studying till the top of the educational 12 months.
Organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday supported a proposal to postpone the world honest resulting from begin in October within the UAE for one 12 months following requests by member states hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The well being ministry in Bahrain, which has recorded 4 deaths and 500 instances, mentioned one other airplane of evacuated residents from Iran landed in Manama, with out offering particulars.
Kuwait has repatriated lots of of residents from Britain, France and Iran since Saturday, the civil aviation authority mentioned.