Saudi Arabia resumed economic activity on Sunday to lift the country's curfew


Riyadh  Saudi Arabia will end its restrictions on curfew and trade across the country from Sunday morning after a three-month lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA said on Saturday.

The curfew will be lifted at 6 a.m. local time Sunday. However, there are restrictions on more than 50 religious pilgrimages, international travels, and social celebrations.

The state has taken drastic measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus novel in March, including a 24-hour curfew on most towns and cities.

In May, it announced a three-phase plan to reduce restrictions on mobility and travel, ending June 21 with a curfew.

Following the waiver of movement and travel restrictions on May 28, the number of coronavirus infections has increased in recent weeks.

The state reported 154,223 COVID-19 cases and a total of 1,230 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

Saudi Arabia plans to limit the number of annual Hajj pilgrimages to prevent the spread of coronavirus cases, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier this month.

More than 2.5 million pilgrims travel to the holy places of Islam and Medina for a week's Hajj, which is a lifetime duty for every Muslim. Saudi Arabia asked Muslims in March to stop Hajj plans and postpone the Umrah pilgrimage.

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