7 Saudi citizens South Korea’s Daegu over Coronavirus Outbreak

Workers from a disinfection service company sanitize a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony in Daegu, South Korea.

Saudi Arabia began on Friday evacuating its citizens from South Korea’s Daegu city, which has emerged as a main cluster for the spread of the new coronavirus.

Saudi Ambassador to South Korea Riyadh al-Mubaraki said seven citizens will be evacuated from the city. Six of the evacuees are students and the seventh is an individual visiting one of them.

They are to arrive in the Kingdom on Saturday. While, Two Saudi students have opted to remain in South Korea.

Mubaraki also explained that the evacuations from Daegu are voluntary, revealing that some 300 Saudi students are studying in South Korea. Some 1,000 Saudis are present in the country, including members of the Kingdom’s diplomatic mission and their families. Some 250 Saudi Aramco employees are present in South Korea.

Contacts are also ongoing with Saudis to ensure their safety, he stressed.

He also urged them to exercise caution, follow prevention measures and avoid public gatherings.

The Saudi embassy is at their disposal for evacuation and any assistance, he said.