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Saudi Arabia to lift mandatory masks

16.10.2021 39 просмотров

Saudi Arabia has decided to cancel the mask regime in open areas from October 17. This was announced on Friday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the kingdom, reports the state Saudi Press Agency.

“Masks are no longer mandatory in open spaces,” the agency said in a statement. “Saudi Arabia is starting to ease restrictions related to the novel coronavirus pandemic as new cases decline.” At the same time, in enclosed spaces and places specified by the rules, people still must wear masks.

Until the last moment, violation of the mask regime was severely punished. In September, a citizen of the kingdom was sentenced to five months in prison for taking off his mask in a public place and refusing to obey the instructions of a security official.

By September, 40 million doses of vaccine against new coronavirus infection. Vaccination in Saudi Arabia began in December last year, it is declared voluntary and free. At the same time, both citizens of the country and residents from among foreign citizens can be vaccinated. Four drugs are available in the country - vaccines from American companies Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, the British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, as well as the American company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Moderna has also been approved to vaccinate adolescents aged 12-17 years.

According to the Ministry of Health, the kingdom currently has the lowest level of infections with the new coronavirus since January this year.

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