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Saudi Arabia mandates Covid booster shots for travelling abroad

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Saudi Arabia has announced that only citizens who have received the Covid booster shot will be permitted to travel abroad beginning February 9, according to state media.

The decision was based on a constant monitoring of the local and global epidemiological situation, according to Xinhua news agency, citing the Interior Ministry.

According to the Ministry, certain groups of people will be exempt from the mandate, including children under the age of 16.

Meanwhile, Saudi citizens who have a negative PCR or antigen test result will be allowed to enter the country.

According to the Health Ministry, 3,852 Covid-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 699,069 since the start of the pandemic in the country.

The kingdom also recorded 4,638 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 653,972, while the death toll increased to 8,947 after four new fatalities were recorded.

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