Source: Dubai- Arabia.net
On Friday, Saudi Arabia announced the suspension of all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains for a period of 14 days, starting at six in the morning, Saturday.
An official source at the Ministry of Interior announced that it is a continuation of the preventive and precautionary measures recommended by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom, as part of its efforts to control the new Corona virus (Covid 19), and based on the concern to protect the health of citizens and residents and ensure their safety, and based on an organization announcement Global Health Corona epidemic is a global pandemic, as virus infection has appeared in more than 170 countries so far, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has decided the following:
First: suspending all domestic flights for a period of 14 days starting from six in the morning tomorrow, Saturday, 26 Rajab 1441 AH, corresponding to March 21, 2020 AD, with the exception of flights related to humanitarian and necessary cases, medical evacuation aircraft and private aviation, and the Civil Aviation Authority issues the necessary permits for trips, in coordination With the Ministry of Interior and Health, taking precautionary measures and preventive measures in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health to reduce transmission.
Second: Suspending bus activity in all its forms for a period of 14 days, starting from six in the morning from tomorrow, Saturday, 26 Rajab 1441 AH, corresponding to March 21, 2020 AD, except for buses belonging to government agencies or public or private health facilities, and commercial establishments transporting its employees, or that are used for purposes Health, humanitarian or security, according to letters issued by the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of Health.
Third: Suspending taxi activity for a period of 14 days starting from six in the morning tomorrow, Saturday, 26 Rajab 1441 AH, corresponding to March 21, 2020 AD, with the exception of the service provided in airports for air transport, according to what the General Authority of Civil Aviation estimates, and the activity of transporting individuals is limited to private cars Working with applications.
The Public Authority for Transport coordinates with the Ministry of Interior, the Communications and Information Technology Commission, and other concerned authorities to block the violating passenger transportation applications urgently.
The security authorities will follow up on stopping buses and taxis until the suspension period ends.
Fourth: Suspension of the train service for all operators for a period of 14 days starting from six in the morning tomorrow, Saturday, 26 Rajab 1441 AH, corresponding to March 21, 2020 AD, and that includes: the Riyadh-Dammam line through Abqaiq and Hofuf, the Riyadh-Jawf line through the Majmaa, Al-Qassim and Hail, and the Haramain Express . And the continuation of commercial transport trains, including the freight train between King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam and the Dry Port in Riyadh, and the mining train of the Saudi Railways Company “Saar”.
And continuing to operate transportation ferries between Jizan and Forsan Island, while reducing the number of passengers to 100 people per trip, taking into account the employees and residents of Farsan Island, and not allowing travel through them for tourist purposes.
And the continuation of the work of cargo ships according to its usual program, taking all precautions and precautions in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health to limit the transmission of infection.
In addition, the decision stipulated that the suspension does not include the various means of transportation related to vital sectors such as health, services and basic commodities such as food, energy, water, communications and the like, air freight and necessary security transfers, and that this is based on what the committee concerned with dealing with the new Corona virus, Taking all necessary precautions.
It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Health announced Thursday, that the total number of cases of corona recorded in the Kingdom was 238.