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Saudi Arabia announced tightened restrictions to contain the spread of a second Covid-19 outbreak, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA). 

All events, including weddings and corporate meetings, have been suspended from being held at venues for the next 30 days, SPA reported.

Over the next 10 days, social gatherings are restricted to no more than 20 people, and all entertainment activities and events are suspended. Cinemas, shopping malls and gyms will be closed, and indoor dining is suspended. Restaurants or cafes found violating the lockdown measures face temporary closure. 

Saudi Arabia also implemented a temporary partial ban on travel from 20 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, India and Pakistan.

According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, the country has recorded 367,086 confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,389 related deaths since the pandemic began.