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COVID-19 social distancing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Bold measures in the face of political, economic, social and religious challenges.
Yezli, Saber; Khan, Anas.
  • Yezli S; The Global Centre for Mass Gatherings Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address: saber.yezli@gmail.com.
  • Khan A; The Global Centre for Mass Gatherings Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Travel Med Infect Dis ; 37: 101692, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1764004
ABSTRACT
Social distancing at its various levels has been a key measure to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. The implementation of strict measures for social distancing is challenging, including in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) due to its level of urbanization, its social and religious norms and its annual hosting of high visibility international religious mass gatherings. KSA started introducing decisive social distancing measures early before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the Kingdom. These ranged from suspension or cancelations of religious, entertainment and sporting mass gatherings and events such as the Umrah, temporary closure of educational establishments and mosques and postponing all non-essential gatherings, to imposing a curfew. These measures were taken in spite of their socio-economic, political and religious challenges in the interest of public and global health. The effect of these actions on the epidemic curve of the Kingdom and on the global fight against COVID-19 remains to be seen. However, given the current COVID-19 situation, further bold and probably unpopular measures are likely to be introduced in the future.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Type of study: Health economic evaluation Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: Asia Language: English Journal: Travel Med Infect Dis Journal subject: Communicable Diseases Year: 2020 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Type of study: Health economic evaluation Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: Asia Language: English Journal: Travel Med Infect Dis Journal subject: Communicable Diseases Year: 2020 Document Type: Article