RIYADH, March 7: The Saudi Ministry of Health said all returnees from Italy, South Korea, Egypt and Lebanon in the last fortnight should quarantine themselves at home for another couple of weeks starting from their arrival in the Kingdom.
The self-quarantine is a precaution meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry said in a press release on Saturday.
It also called on medical and nursing staff returning from the four countries to abide by the preventive measures.
Earlier today, two Saudi citizens tested positive for COVID-19, one of them returned from Iran via transit in Bahrain and the other, a woman, returned from Iraq’s Najaf via UAE (KUNA)
Meanwhile Bahrain announced six new cases of the disease, bringing the total to 62, the biggest number in the region outside Iran. Bahrain also said work is underway with all relevant authorities to implement the evacuation plan for Bahraini citizens in Iran, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Walid bin Khalifa Al Manea, said.
Bahrian also asked people who had traveled to Lebanon, Egypt, Italy or South Korea to quarantine themselves for a period of two weeks
from the date of their return to the country.