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Yemeni, Philippine embassies suspend activity in KSA due to Corona

By : Marwa Mahmoud

The Embassy of Yemen in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, is shutting down urgently due to a number of recorded cases of coronavirus among staff. The Yemeni Embassy made a statement on Twitter late Saturday, but did not explain how many people had been infected with COVID-19.

Correspondingly, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh also announced that it would shut its Labor Office on Sunday after a number of employees had been tested for coronavirus and six people had been confirmed positive for the disease. The office is being sterilized and employees have been working from home, according to the embassy.

In spite of  early and unprecedented measures to curb the spread of the pandamic , the number of cases in Saudi Arabia continues to rise by more than 3,000 per day, with more than 123,000 confirmed cases overall.

The country of 34 million people registered its first infection with COVID-19 on March 2.

On 16 March, Saudi Arabia suspended work in all government sectors, except health and safety, as part of efforts to stem the pandemic. The kingdom overcame 50,000 cases on May 16.

Although the kingdom has eased coronavirus-related restrictions across a large part of the country, the government announced a renewal on 6 June.

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