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The Kingdom Imposes Curfew to Contain the Spread of Coronavirus

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The Kingdom Imposes Curfew After the Rise of Coronavirus Cases

King Salman has imposed a nationwide curfew starting today from dusk-to-dawn in an attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The official Saudi Press Agency cited the royal order and reported that the curfew will be imposed from 7:00 PM until 6:00 AM every day for 21 days.

The announcement follows the news that came out on Sunday announcing that the number of cases jumped to 511, and with that recording the highest in the Gulf.

Thankfully, no deaths have been reported so far but strict measures had to be taken in order to contain the virus.

The statement also stated that the Ministry of Interior will be taking the necessary measures to implement the curfew, meaning all civil and military authorities are ordered to cooperate fully.

The curfew excluded workers from the following vital industries and government services:

  • Food sector.
  • Health sector, such as pharmacies, medical clinics (dispensaries) and hospitals.
  • Media sector.
  • Transportation sector.
  • E-commerce activities.

We urge all citizens to abide by the newly imposed curfew and to stay safe and stay home for your very own sake as well as others’.

 

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Three Month Extension Granted to Expatriates

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In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, many things have changed. Things we hadn’t planned on happening are going on. The toll for people who have tested positive is increasing day by day.

For instance, Saudi Arabia has initiated a royal decree which means they will be spending 9 billion riyals on workers who have been affected by the virus. Since people are getting laid off of jobs and staying at home, this has been affecting their day to day lives since no work means no money.

Which is why this was a gracious act done by King Salman. Another thing that is being altered is that the resident identity cards expatriates, non Saudi Arabians, will be granted three months extension with no extra charge. What?

The General Directorate of Passports has announced that this is the best decision that should be taken in this current time. This decision will apply to private sector employees whose cards have already expired since the beginning of March 18th. They will have an extension until June 30th which leaves them more time to think things through.

As for the people who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, they will be notified with this newfound decision and extension via text message. This decision has been made in light of efforts done by the Saudi Arabian Government in order to address both the financial and economic disruption that is erupting on a global scale due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

 

 

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9 Billion Riyals to be Allocated to Emloyees

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Breaking News in Jeddah: A royal decree issue by King Salman is said to be allocated SR9 billion as a compensation to the citizens whose jobs have been affected  as a repercussion of the pandemic. The amount is an equivalent to $2.4 million!

This royal decree is to exempt all the Saudi’s whose work has been affected, especially those who work in private sectors and facilities. Bare in mind that these people have a family to fend for as well as take care of. Without this decree, these families would be suffering and would maybe even end up in the streets!

This decree will be granting these employees 60% of their stable income on a monthly basis. This will happen through social insurance for the time span of three month with SR9,000 per month.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the Finance Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Social Insurance, stated that this support mechanism is under the Sanad scheme for facilities that are already included in the royal decree.

Hopefully, this will be covering 100% of the Saudi Arabians that are already working in facilities that are employing five or less or the opposite, more than five. These employers will be exempted from paying salaries on a monthly basis for beneficiaries as per the degree during this compensation period.

The decree also states that the facility is banned from forcing the employees to work in this compensation period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the number of people who are proven to be qualified for these benefits have exceeded 1.2 million citizens.

On the other hand, the rest of the citizens are allowed to apply for these compensations in this month of April. Also, the payment will commence at the beginning of May.

Other facilities are forced to continue to pay the salaries of the employees, whether Saudi or not, that are not included in the compensation plan. Either way, Saudi Arabia is doing a great job at taking care of their citizens amidst this outbreak!

 

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King Salman Orders Coronavirus Treatment to All and For Free

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered coronavirus treatment to be provided for all and free of charge to all citizens of governmental and private sectors and even to those who have overstayed their visas in the Kingdom.

The announcement was made by the Kingdom’s health minister, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, during a press conference in Riyadh that was held yesterday.

The minister assured that the King’s order includes all citizens and residents – even those in violation of residency laws.

Al-Rabiah further explained that this royal decision comes in light of the King’s keenness in putting the health of all citizens above all, and to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents of the Kingdom.

“The government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is keen on the safety of all, and anyone who has symptoms should not hesitate to go to any medical facility to get detection and treatment in case of infected with the virus,” he said.

Al-Rabiah also acknowledged the tremendous work and efforts of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, who has shown such great leadership role in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

“I would like to say that this harmony and distinguished work among all is led by a unique leader who works tirelessly and without boredom for the safety of the citizens, he is none other than Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.” He said.

This great act of kindness and magnanimous gesture has even caught the attention of the World Health Organization chief, who praised the King’s efforts in a tweet.

“This is what #HealthForAll means! Thank you so much @KingSalman for your leadership and commitment to ensure everyone has access to the health services needed to fight #COVID19. I hope other countries will follow your lead! Solidarity!” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, tweeted.

 

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