King Salman of Saudi Arabia has made the announcement of a Kingdom-wide curfew for containing the spread of the coronavirus.
The curfew from 7 pm until 6 am would be put into effect from 21 days, as per the reports of the official Saudi Press Agency.
The decision has come after the Kingdom on Sunday said that the number of coronavirus cases has increased to 511, which is the highest among the Gulf nations. So far no deaths have been reported in Saudi Arabia.
As per the royal order, the employees of the health sector and the military officials would be exempted from the restrictions of curfew.
On Thursday, King Salman warned of a more tedious fight against the virus ahead, as Saudi Arabia experiences the double blow of the shutdowns and crashing oil prices amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Saudi Arabia has closed malls, restaurants, has annulled flights and has also suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage as it takes measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Kingdom has also taken the measure of suspending the prayers inside all of its mosques except for the two holiest sites in the religion Islam which are Makkah and Madinah, which for sure is a sensitive step.