Saudi authorities lock down several Jeddah neighbourhoods

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  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2020

the deserted old town of Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah as the desert kingdom sealed off several cities, barring people from entering and exiting the capital as well as Jeddah, Mecca and Medina and prohibiting movement between all provinces to stem the spread of coronavirus with the number of deaths from the disease rising to 21. - AFP

RIYADH: Saudi authorities announced a lockdown and a partial curfew in seven neighbourhoods of the Red Sea city of Jeddah, starting on Sunday (April 5), as part of measures to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, the interior ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said residents in those neighbourhoods could only go out for grocery shopping and medical care, between 6am (local time) and 3pm.

Entering and exiting the neighbourhoods will be restricted, it added.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia also denied on Saturday its withdrawal from the deal of OPEC+ and its plan to get rid of shale oil producers.

The Saudi Press Agency reported two separate statements of the saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud denying media reports in this regard.

The news agency quoted several claims by Russian officials which hinted Saudi Arabia's withdrawal from the deal of OPEC+ and its plan to get rid of shale oil producers.

Saudi foreign minister denied the reports and accused Russia of refusing the agreement, while the kingdom and 22 other countries were trying to persuade Russia to make further cuts and extend the agreement, yet it has not agreed.

He also stressed that the kingdom's stance on shale oil production, saying "the stance is known as it is an important part of energy sources and the kingdom is also seeking to reach more production cuts and achieve balance in the oil market, which is in the interest of shale oil producers."

He said that saudi Arabia has exerted efforts with OPEC+ countries to take action to prevent a glut in the oil market. - Agencies/Asian News Network
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