Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: total of 1,012 cases, three deaths

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Saudi Arabia reported 112 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 1,012, the Ministry of Health said.

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Out of the 112 new cases, 34 were reported in Riyadh, 26 in Mecca, 13 in Jeddah, and 18 in Taif.

The other cases were reported in Dammam Province, al-Qatif, Madinah, Khobar, as well as several other cities in the Kingdom, according to the ministry.

Twelve cases are related to travel abroad and have since been quarantined. Meanwhile, 100 cases are of people who had direct contact with previously confirmed cases and are currently under medical supervision.

The ministry also announced that a total of three people have died from the coronavirus.

A total of 33 people have recovered from the virus, the ministry added.

Precautionary measures

Saudi Arabia began implementing several strict measures to contain the outbreak.

The Kingdom banned residents from entering or exiting Riyadh, Mecca, Medina starting from Thursday. The recently imposed curfew, which was supposed to begin at 7 p.m. across the country, will now begin at 3 p.m. in the three cities of Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina.

All malls and parks were shut down earlier this month in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Restaurants and cafes have also been banned from serving food and beverages.

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