The authority in Saudi Arabia has announced to close all mosques for the customary five daily prayers or Friday congregations, following the death of at least 171 coronavirus patients.
It has also suspended work in the private sector – except health and food services – for 15 days, the state news agency reported early on Wednesday.
The extraordinary virtual leaders’ summit next week will “put forward a coordinated set of policies to protect people and safeguard the global economy”.
Saudi Arabia has taken drastic steps to try and slow down the spread of the virus, including suspending the Umrah pilgrimage, halting international flights, and closing schools and most public establishments.
Prayers will continue only at the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, the holiest places in Islam, state news agency SPA reported, citing the kingdom’s top clerical body.
Mosque doors will close, and the ritual call to prayer will direct people to pray at home.
The kingdom previously suspended work for government employees, except in the health, military and security sectors
According to Aljazeera,The central bank said it had activated business continuity plans and work-from-home measures for financial institutions. The Council of Ministers postponed its regular meetings for two weeks, media reported.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), meanwhile, registered 15 new cases, raising its total to 113.