Saudi Arabia to enter full lockdown for five days after Ramadan as coronavirus cases rise
Saudi Arabia has said it will impose a full, 24-hour lockdown during the five-day Eid al-Fitr festival, which falls at the end of Ramadan, due to rising coronavirus infections. The curfew will be imposed from May 23 to May 27, following the end of the fasting period for Muslims, the Saudi interior ministry said in a statement. The kingdom has reported some of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the Gulf region and is now trying to slow the spread of the disease at a time when millions of Muslims will be celebrating the end of their fast. Most parts of the kingdom were put under full lockdown following the outbreak, but last month the government relaxed the curfew between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Shopping centres and retailers have been allowed to reopen, except in major hotspots including the holy city of Mecca, where confirmed cases have substantially increased, despite a stringent lockdown.
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