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Saudi says resumption of international flights depends on coronavirus spread

Web report/Riyadh
Filed on September 11, 2020 | Last updated on September 11, 2020 at 12.37 am
saudi arabia, international flights, coronavirus, covid-19
A Saudi Airlines passenger plane after landing in Arbil airport, in northern Iraq, on October 1, 2018

(AFP file photo)

Health minister Al Rabiah says precautions must be taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone amid the crisis.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Health Dr Tawfiq Al Rabiah said on Thursday that the resumption of suspended international flights is subject to continuous assessment on the basis of the extent of the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

"Accordingly, an appropriate decision will be taken based on the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman," he said.The minister was speaking in an interview with the Al Ekhbariya channel.

He said that Saudi authorities are concerned with the safety of everyone amid the coronavirus crisis.

"As long as there are still cases of coronavirus infection, precautions have to be taken to ensure the health and safety of all," he added.

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended all international flight services on March 15 as part of a package of measures designed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

As reported by Saudi Gazette, earlier this month, Saudi Arabian Airlines provided guidelines for travel to 25 countries.

The national carrier also announced seven conditions for the transport of passengers returning to the Kingdom on board its flights once the Kingdom lifts travel restrictions.

The airline called on passengers to follow health instructions based on the directives issued by the Saudi health authorities.

The Kingdom reported 24 more deaths and 708 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease, the heath ministry announced on Thursday. 

The new confirmed infections bring the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 323,720, including 19,533 active cases currently undergoing treatment.

Of these, there are 1,363 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest remains stable.

The 24 new deaths put Saudi Arabia's tally of fatalities at 4,189.

As many as 1,032 new recoveries raised the Kingdom's recovery toll to 299,998.


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