King Salman of Saudi Arabia has ordered the government to assume 60 percent of the salaries of Saudi employees for a three-month period amounting to 9 billion Saudi riyals ($ 2.39 billion) to support 1.2 million Those working in companies affected by the coronavirus, state SPA news agency reported on Friday.
The support mechanism will be in accordance with the conditions stipulated in the unemployment insurance system (SANID) that covers 100 percent of Saudi employees working in facilities that have five workers or less. It also covers up to 70 percent of companies where the number of Saudi workers exceeds five.
The decision will also exempt employers from paying monthly wages to employees during the compensation period. However, companies cannot require workers to work during the compensation period.
Saudi Arabia announced five deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, saying 165 new cases have been detected.
Of the new cases, 48 were detected in Mecca and 46 in Medina.
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry implemented a 24-hour curfew in the two holy cities on Thursday to limit the spread of the coronavirus,