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Coronavirus | Saudi Arabia suspends international flights

Passenger queue up at King Abdulaziz Airport in Saudi Arabia. File (representational image)   | Photo Credit: AP

Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended all international passenger flights for citizens and residents over fears about the fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus.

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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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