Saudi Arabia suspends all international flights amid rise in COVID cases

Saudi Arabia suspends all international flights amid rise in COVID cases

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UAE: Saudi Arabia on Sunday suspended all international flights and entry through land and ports amid the increase of spread of COVID-19 in Britain.

As per reports, Saudi Arabia suspended all international flights temporarily for a week which can be further extended by another week.

However, the suspension does not apply to international aircraft currently in the kingdom which will be allowed to leave.

The development comes after several countries in Europe where banned travel from Britain on Sunday as the UK Government warned that the spread of the novel coronavirus is out of control.

The passengers who arrived in Saudi Arabia from Europe or any other country where new cases have been detected – starting December 8 will be required to self-isolate for two weeks and further under COVID testing.

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Neighbouring Kuwait also announced a ban on Sunday on passenger flights from Britain over the new strain of the virus.

The developments led to concerns over potential disruption to food supplies, since the UK imports much of its food from Europe under smooth, tariff-free trade arrangements in place for decades during its membership of the European Union – which ends on December 31.

The British Retail Consortium also appealed to the government to find a solution, but added that there should be no immediate shortages, since “retailers have stocked up on goods ahead of Christmas which should prevent immediate problems.”

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