Saudi Arabia to Impose 24-Hour Daily Curfew for Eid Holiday

Streets are deserted in Saudi Arabia's Taef amid curfew imposed over the coronavirus. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia will enforce a 24-hour curfew across the Kingdom to stem the spread of coronavirus. This will be during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan; the interior ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Until then economic activities will remain open and people can move freely between 9 am and 5 pm, excluding the holy of Makkah, which remains under full curfew, read the statement according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The Kingdom registered on Tuesday 1,911 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 42,925.

Recoveries have risen to 15,257, said Health Ministry spokesman Mohammed Abdelali.

The toll reached 264 after reporting nine new fatalities, he also added.

No children infected with the virus are in critical condition.

A spike in infections among children reported in recent days has been blamed on Ramadan family gatherings and violations of preventive measures.

Abdelali said it takes just one infected person to spread the virus to dozens of others.