An online service for the sale and delivery of meat has been launched in a Saudi region to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Picture for illustrative purpose. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Cairo: Municipal authorities in the Saudi region of Al Jawf have launched an online service for the sale and delivery of meat in a step to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The region’s Slaughterhouses Directorate has launched the online initiative “Your Meat to Your House Door”, a service based on using WhatsApp for taking orders on meat needs and deliveries, Okaz newspaper reported Friday.

The service is overseen by a team of veterinarians who examine animals before and after slaughtering.

“This step comes in cooperation with investors of slaughterhouses to facilitate serving the beneficiaries during the Eid curfew as part of precautions against the coronavirus,” said spokesman for the municipality Abdullah Bin Badr Al Majid.

He added that the local authorities welcome participation of delivery personnel via licensed apps along with complying with health curbs for the consumers’ safety.

Saudi Arabia plans to enforce a round-the-clock nationwide curfew starting Saturday for five days including Eid Al Fitr starting in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus.