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Posted on: April 22, 2020 | Back | Print

Embassy of India

April 22, 2020 

Press Release


The Embassy continues to closely monitor the situation on the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia, and is taking all the requisite measures to ensure the welfare of Indian citizens in the Kingdom.

2. As a follow-up to the interaction with Indian Community Volunteers and Social Workers from the major cities on April 14, the Ambassador on April 22 interacted with community volunteers from smaller cities and towns all across the Kingdom to assess the situation.

3. Various measures on supply of food, medicines and other emergency assistance to Indians in need are already in place and are being effectively implemented by volunteers of all major community organisations across the Kingdom.

4. As per information available with the Embassy as of April 22, eleven Indian nationals (4 in Madinah, 3 in Makkah, 2 in Jeddah, 1 in Riyadh and 1 in Dammam) have sadly passed away due to the disease in the Kingdom.

5. It is reiterated that due to the lockdown and suspension of air travel to India, no decision has been taken for evacuation of Indians from the Kingdom at this stage. Any updates in this regard will be made available on the Embassy’s social media accounts (twitter: @IndianEmbRiyadh; Facebook: India in Saudi Arabia) and website (www.eoiriyadh.gov.in).

6. The Embassy also reiterates the need for the community to remain calm and avoid spreading of rumours that may create panic. It is important that social media is not used to disseminate false messages and spread hatred along communal lines that can vitiate the atmosphere. As stated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or borders before striking, and our response and conduct should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood.

7. Embassy wishes all Indian nationals in Saudi Arabia a happy and safe Ramadan and continues to remain at the disposal of the Indian community.