Seven Saudis among latest coronavirus cases in Bahrain, Kuwait

A man wearing a surgical mask is pictured in the heart of the Bahraini capital Manama on February 26, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 26 February 2020

Seven Saudis among latest coronavirus cases in Bahrain, Kuwait

  • Kuwait said it had recorded its first case of a Saudi citizen contracting the virus on Wednesday
  • The Saudi Embassy in Bahrain called on its citizens to take all necessary precautions to reduce the chances of infection while in the country

DAMMAM: Six Saudi women were on Wednesday declared by the Bahraini Ministry of Health to be among nine of the latest confirmed new cases of the coronavirus outbreak.

The women, who had flown into Bahrain International Airport from Iran, all tested positive for the virus, taking the number of people infected in the state to 26.

The announcement came as a coordination committee headed by the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, suspended all universities and schools for two weeks as a precautionary measure to ensure student safety and limit the spread of the virus.

Also, on Wednesday, Kuwait said it had recorded its first case of a Saudi citizen contracting the virus. The state has so far witnessed 26 infections, and the Saudi male had arrived in the country from the Iranian city of Mashhad. Along with three other cases, including two Kuwaiti nationals, he has been placed in isolation for 14 days.

Meanwhile, markets and public places in Bahrain remained quiet as news of the latest coronavirus cases spread.

The Bahraini Ministry of Health said passengers arriving in the state from countries affected by the virus were being screened on arrival, and the Saudi Ministry of Health confirmed it was coordinating with its counterpart in Bahrain over treatment of the six infected Saudi women in line with World Health Organization-approved medical recommendations.

The Saudi Embassy in Bahrain called on its citizens to take all necessary precautions to reduce the chances of infection while in the country. It said anyone experiencing a high temperature, coughing, or breathing difficulties should remain in their residence in a separate room, and phone 444 for medical help and advice.

The King Fahd Causeway Authority released a statement saying the causeway remains accessible to travelers of both directions to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as usual. 

The KFCA has denied rumors circulated reporting the closure of the bridge.


Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

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Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

  • Saudi prosecutor warned of legal consequences earlier
  • Violators could be fined up to $796,880 and jailed for up to 5 years

DUBAI: Saudi police arrested a man in Al-Qassim who violated coronavirus regulations by bringing a barber into his home, state news agency SPA reported.
Videos circulating on social media showed the man as he asked a barber to come into his house after authorities temporarily closed down barber shops and salons to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudi public prosecutor has previously warned that anyone posting content on social media, including photos or videos showing curfew violations, or the flouting of any rules enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 face prosecution.
In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $796,880. 
The punishment will be applied to violators but informers will not be questioned, it added.