Coronavirus: Yemen closing Saudi Arabia embassy due to cases among staff

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The Yemeni Embassy in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, is shuttering indefinitely due to a number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus among staff.

The embassy made the announcement on Twitter late on Saturday, but did not specify how many people had contracted Covid-19.

Similarly, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh also announced that starting Sunday its office for labor affairs will close after a number of employees were tested for the coronavirus and six people were confirmed positive for the disease. The office is being sterilised and employees were working remotely, according to the embassy.

Despite taking early and unprecedented measures to curb the spread of the virus, Saudi Arabia’s numbers continue to climb by more than 3,000 cases daily with more than 123,000 confirmed cases overall.

The National reported last week that Yemen has also suffered widespread deaths among its educated elite, despite reporting a low number of confirmed cases at 705 and 160 deaths.

A lack of widespread testing is masking the true scale of the crisis, but evidence shows that scores of doctors, academics, engineers, politicians, judges, lawyers and business leaders, as well as high-ranking members of the Houthi militia, are thought to be among the dead as the virus spreads.

At least 57 doctors and pharmacists are among those who have succumbed to Covid-19.

Saudi Arabia reported 3,366 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, with the capital recording a 1,000-plus rise in cases for a fifth consecutive day.

The Saudi health ministry said there were 1,089 new infections detected in Riyadh since Friday, followed by 527 in Jeddah and 310 in Makkah.

The new infections reported on Saturday raised the number of cases in the kingdom’s coronavirus outbreak to 123,308, while the Covid-19 death toll rose by 39 to 932.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 14, 2020. Abu Dhabi residents exercise on the reopened side of the Corniche as the UAE gradually returns to normal life as restrictions are being eased. Victor Besa / The National Section: NA Reporter:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 14, 2020. Abu Dhabi government road workers takes a break at the reopened side of the Corniche as the UAE gradually returns to normal life as restrictions are being eased. Victor Besa / The National Section: NA Reporter:

Medical staff in the intensive care unit in Al Emarat hospital in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. EPA

Medical staff in the intensive care in Al Emarat hospital in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. EPA

Palestinian trainers, from the Palestine Athletic Federation, take part in an online CECS Level 1 course, with trainers from the World Athletics Federation, in Gaza City during the Coronavirus pandemic. AFP

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A Bahraini man, wearing a face mask, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), shops at a vegetables stand, in Central Market, in Manama, Bahrain. REUTERS

Farmers flatten the soil using horses to prepare the agricultural land for growing rice, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abu Kabir, Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS

A farmer works at his rise field at agricultural land, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abu Kabir, Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS

Citizens on bougroun Street wear mandatory face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Rabat, Morocco. Morocco decided to gradually reduce the closing procedures and extended the public health emergency until July 10, according to a joint statement from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior. EPA

Updated: June 14, 2020 01:56 PM

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