March 7, 2020 / 8:23 PM / 22 days ago

Saudi Arabia asks people arriving from four countries to self-quarantine

FILE PHOTO: General view of the Grand Mosque which is almost empty of worshippers, after Saudi authority suspended umrah (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) amid the fear of coronavirus outbreak, at Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Ganoo Essa

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has asked people who have traveled to Lebanon, Egypt, Italy or South Korea to self-quarantine for two weeks from the day of their arrival in the Kingdom, Saudi state media quoted the health ministry as saying on Saturday.

It asked people who had visited any of the four countries showing symptoms of the virus to contact the authorities.

Saudi Arabia reported two new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a woman who came from Iran via Bahrain and another woman who came to the Gulf kingdom from Iraq via the United Arab Emirates, taking the total number of cases to seven.

Reporting by Samar Hassan; Editing by David Clarke

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