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Saudi Arabia announced late Monday that nine more cities would be added to the list of those on 24-hour lockdown, including the capital, Riyadh, and the Red Sea port city of Jiddah, and warned that infections could top at 200,000 if restrictions weren’t obeyed.
Previously, just the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, international pilgrimage destinations that had seen large numbers of cases, were subjected to these 24-hour curfews, along with some Jiddah neighborhoods. The rest of the country just had to stay inside at night.
With 841 cases, Riyadh is home to the largest number of Saudi Arabia’s 2,795 infections — the most in the Middle East after Iran. The past few days have seen increases of around 10 percent a day in the number of afflicted. Three new deaths were also reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 41.
Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah warned Tuesday that if people didn’t obey the restrictions, including the curfew and ban on social gatherings, government models see the number of infections rising tenfold.
[Source: Washington Post]