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Saudi Arabia suspends workplace attendance in all govt agencies
Saudi Arabia suspends workplace attendance in all govt agencies

Riyadh, March 16 (TIWN) Saudi Arabia announced on Monday the suspension of attendance at workplaces in all government agencies for 16 days against the coronavirus pandemic.

An Interior Ministry official said in a statement that the decision excludes health, security, and military sectors, the electronic security centre, and the remote education system, reports Xinhua news agency. 

The decision also includes the closing down of commercial markets and malls, except pharmacies and food supply businesses which commit to sterilizing shopping carts. 

The Ministry also ordered the closure of barbershops and beauty salons.  Service at food and beverage places is limited only to take-away requests, and customers are not allowed to sit inside the stores, the official added.  The decision was taken as part of measures to prevent the coronavirus outbreak, while 118 virus-infected cases have been confirmed in the Kingdom, with 15 new cases on Sunday, according to the latest health ministry''s statistics.

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