Saudi Railway Company resumes work post-lockdown

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Updated 31 May 2020

Saudi Railway Company resumes work post-lockdown

  • Saudi Railway Company asked customers to comply with anti-coronavirus measures at stations and while traveling

DAMMAM: The Saudi Railway Company (SAR) resumed its trips on Sunday morning following the easing of lockdown restrictions, with its first journey setting off from Riyadh to Dammam, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The lockdown, which started on March 21, saw a suspension of all travel between cities. Restrictions are being lifted in three phases.

On Sunday 143 passengers boarded the first train out of Riyadh amid strict precautionary and safety measures. The train passed through Hofuf and Abqaiq stations, with the return trip carrying 118 passengers.

Preventive measures and precautionary procedures include taking the temperature of passengers, ensuring they wear masks, and maintaining a safe distance between them.

SAR distributed seats according to approved standards to maintain a safe distance between people. Stations placed signs on the floor giving guidance and also displayed awareness messages.

SAR asked customers to comply with anti-coronavirus measures at stations and while traveling.

It emphasized the importance of continuing to comply with health measures and procedures in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 


Saudi Arabia reopens its land borders with UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain

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Saudi Arabia reopens its land borders with UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain

  • Commercial traffic flows unhindered as measures to curb spread of virus eased and normality returns

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s land borders with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain will reopen after a four-month closure as the Kingdom eases the pandemic’s restrictions and economic activity returns to normal.

Commercial trucks carrying goods for the Kingdom will also be allowed to enter through land ports from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states following a circular issued by Saudi Customs.

On March 7, the Kingdom announced that land border crossings with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain would be limited to commercial trucks as part of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring COVID-19 by employing specially trained sniffer dogs.

On March 7, the Kingdom announced that land border crossings with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain would be limited to commercial trucks as part of the government’s efforts to contain the virus spread.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers. Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

Saudi health authorities recorded 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435. The death toll rose by 35 to 2,984

Of the latest cases, 97 were in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women.

There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.

The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688, with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period.