New variant of Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends international flights

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Updated: Dec 21, 2020 10:27 AM

The kingdoms interior ministry says the one-week flight ban may be extended “until medical information about the nature of this virus becomes clear.”

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Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended all international passenger flights for citizens and residents over fears about the fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. The kingdoms interior ministry says the one-week flight ban may be extended “until medical information about the nature of this virus becomes clear.”

The country’s land and sea ports will also close for a week. The government ordered anyone who has returned from or passed through a European country over the past three months to get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

The ministry added that the travel suspension will not affect the country’s cargo flights and supply chains.

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