Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia boosts home tests, records 762 new case

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Medical teams in Saudi Arabia are actively conducting coronavirus screenings in Mecca and Medina neighborhoods, the health ministry announced on Friday.

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Photos released show medics in personal protective equipment (PPE) checking temperatures of residents and conducting coronavirus swab tests for various people in their homes.

The screenings helped detect nearly 50 percent of the new 762 cases in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia has so far recorded 7,142 confirmed coronavirus cases and 87 deaths with four new ones on Friday, according to the spokesman.

Saudi Arabia has recorded a higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases in crowded residential areas, including neighborhoods with a high number of labor worker residences.

The spokesman also said the ministry has been creating information handouts in various languages to better communicate with residents in the country.

Saudi Arabia impliments precautionary measures

On Friday, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia said this year's Ramadan communal taraweeh and Eid prayers should be held at home due to the coronavirus, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The announcement was made one week before the Muslim holy month is estimated to begin.

Saudi Arabia has already suspended group prayers in mosques as a precautionary measure. The Kingdom also asked Muslims around the world to delay their plans for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages amid uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Kingdom’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah said.

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