The recent outbreak of covid-19 and surge in the number of cases on daily basis led the Saudi Arabia Kingdom to ban its citizens from traveling to 16 countries including India is included.
The 16 countries where citizens of Saudi Arabia are banned to travel apart from India include Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Indonesia, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus, and Venezuela.
In addition, It has been assured by the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia that zero cases of monkeypox have been reported in the country.
The deputy minister of health, Abdullah Asiri in a statement said that the country has the capability to combat any monkeypox cases and also can fight against the virus if any new cases emerge.
“Until now, cases of transmission between humans are very limited, and therefore the possibility of any outbreaks occurring from it, even in countries that have detected cases, are very low,” Abdullah Asiri.
The world health organization(WHO) has already confirmed 80 cases of monkeypox in 11 countries and added that they are working to better understand the cause and extent of the outbreak.
On Friday a statement was issued by WHO saying that the virus is endemic in some animals in several countries causing occasional outbreaks among local people and travelers.