Saudi authorities announced the discovery of four more new coronavirus cases and that it was suspending travel by air and sea between the Kingdom and nine countries to prevent the spread of the disease.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the authorities were suspending travel for Saudi citizens and foreign residents to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Italy and South Korea.
People travelling from those countries or anyone who has been there in the past 14 days would also be temporarily banned from entering the Kingdom.
The discovery of the four new cases brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom to 15.
A statement by the Saudi health ministry said the first case was a Saudi citizen who is related to a previous case in Qatif. The second and third patients are Bahraini women coming from Iraq on their way to Bahrain. The fourth case involved a US national returning to the Kingdom from travel, and passed to the Philippines and Italy before his arrival in the Kingdom. All patients are isolated.