Saudi Arabia has announced that schools and universities in the kingdom are suspended in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The decision, to be enforced as of March 9, will continue till further notice, the Saudi Press Agency said, quoting a statement by the education ministry on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
The decision came one day after schools and universities were suspended in Qatif region over reported COVID-19 cases there.
Saudi Arabia has so far registered 11 COVID-19 cases.
The ministry said virtual education programs would be activated to ensure students will not miss their studies