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A Saudi woman walks with her luggage as she arrives at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, August 5, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has imposed 24-hour lockdown on Dammam, the capital of the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, Al Arabiya reported Sunday morning.

The move comes as part of the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The Saudi authorities have completely banned the entry to or exit from the 2nd Industrial City until further notice, while still allowing movement for shipping and transporting goods.

Vital factories in the 2nd Industrial City will be allowed to operate at 30 per cent capacity, and the factories’ managers, engineers and workers will be allowed to enter the facilities but are not allowed to leave the city.

The ministry also lifted the lockdown on Dammam’s Al Atheer district, which was imposed on April 15, and said it will allow residents to move around for essential needs from 9am till 5pm.

Saudi Arabia had revised on April 21 its coronavirus curfew timings for the holy month of Ramadan, allowing residents in all areas and cities not currently under a 24-hour lockdown to go out between 9am and 5pm.

However, areas under a complete lockdown will only be allowed to go out for essential needs, such as grocery shopping or medical visits, between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Residents in these areas must stay within their neighborhoods.

A 24-hour lockdown was previously imposed on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, and Hofuf and throughout the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif, and Khobar.

The government had imposed a full lockdown on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as well. Other cities and governorates had a curfew implemented from 3pm to 6am daily.