Saudi: Government Agencies Implement New Measures Against COVID-19

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Government agencies are taking steps to effectively combat the coronavirus outbreak and mitigate its impact on the country.

The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority on Monday announced the soft launch of a mobile app, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, to support government efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

The app, called “Tawakkalna,” was developed to facilitate the electronic issue of movement permits for government and private sector employees during curfew hours.

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The Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has issued guidelines on relations between workers and private business owners during the pandemic. It allows private businesses to reduce working hours and cut employee wages during the next six months, taking into account their daily or weekly working hours. The wages shall not be reduced by more than 40 percent of the total salary.

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