A mobile clinic caters the residents of Ajyad Almasafi district Tuesday, April 7, in the holy city of Mecca, which authorities have sealed-off, along with other major cities, amid measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
READ MORE: The coronavirus could eventually infect between 10,000 and 200,000 people in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s health minister said on Tuesday, urging the public to adhere more closely to state directives against mixing and movement.
The country of some 30 million has so far reported 2,795 cases and 41 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), despite halting all passenger flights, suspending most commercial activities and imposing a 24-hour curfew in major cities including the capital Riyadh.
“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,” Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said in a rare televised address.
The virus has already infected more than 1.3 million people worldwide. (AFP/Reuters)