In an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, Saudi Arabia has started a partial curfew from 3 PM instead of the earlier 7 PM which was previously ordered.
The cities under curfew include Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh as well as restrictions of movement between all provinces as a precautionary measure to control the spread of the COVID-19.
The orders were approved by King Salman and the curfew will last for 21 days in the three cities starting today.
These steps are being taken after the cases of COVID-19 surged past 700 in Saudi Arabia and the number keeps going up.
Coronavirus has so far infected over 434,500 people and taken lives of more than 19,600 people globally and the number of cases keeps rising by a few thousand every few hours.
Although Europe remains as the epicenter of the coronavirus with thousands of cases being reported everyday, the United States is well on its way to becoming the next epicenter.
The death toll in Italy has surged to 6,820 for 69,176 confirmed cases which is significantly above the death toll of 3,281 in China for 81,218 confirmed cases over there.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced earlier this week that the UK will be placed under full lockdown after the number of cases surged in the country.
Read more: PM Boris Johnson announces full UK lockdown.