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    Published: 25 March ,2021: 07:59 AM GST
    Updated: 25 March ,2021: 09:07 AM GST
    Tamara Abueish, Al Arabiya English

    Workers in certain fields in Saudi Arabia will be required to take a PCR test every seven days at the expense of their employer if they are not vaccinated, the Kingdom?s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing announced on Wednesday.

    Employees in barbershops, female salons, restaurants, cafes, and food outlets must be vaccinated starting from May 13, the ministry said.

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      As a precaution, the municipality has ordered suspension of buffet services in restaurants and prohibited public iftar gatherings in neighborhood during Ramadan.

      On Tuesday, the Kingdom reported 556 new cases of COVID-19 meaning 389,422 people have contracted the virus since the beginning of the outbreak. There are 5,045 active cases and 694 are in critical condition.
      With seven new fatalities, the death toll due to virus-related complications has risen to 6,663.
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