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Al-Wadeeah land port in eastern Hadhramout governorate has been the only operating border crossing with the kingdom since the start of the war

Saudi Arabia closes last functioning border entry point with Yemen, citing coronavirus 

Saudi government officials stopped people from entering the kingdom via the Al-Wadeeah border crossing on Monday as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

While entry into Saudi Arabia has been suspended until further notice, exit is still permitted and the movement of commercial trucks continues, an official at the Al-Wadeeah land port told Almasdar Online. Located in Yemen’s eastern Hadhramout governorate, Al-Wadeeah port has been the only functioning border crossing with the kingdom since the war started in 2015.

Saudi authorities announced last week that they would stop pilgrims traveling for Umrah to limit the spread of the disease, which has claimed more than 4,000 lives globally.  

Regionally, Iran has been hardest hit by the outbreak with more than 6,500 confirmed cases and 194 deaths.

"Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, adding it would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled.

 


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