Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia confirms 1,141 new cases, raising total to 12,772

Saudi Arabia has increased its testing capacity in crowded residential neighborhoods. (Twitter)

Saudi Arabia confirmed 1,141 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 12,772, a health ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Kingdom also recorded five fatalities over the past 24 hours. All the deceased are non-Saudis with ages ranging between 51 and 76 years old. This raised the death toll to 114.

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Meanwhile, an additional 172 people have recovered raising the number of recoveries to 1,812, according to the health ministry.

There are 10,846 active cases in Saudi Arabia, but most are in a stable condition, the spokesman said. Eighty-two people of those being treated are in critical conditions.


The health ministry continued to emphasize the importance of following preventative measures through the holy month of Ramadan. The spokesman advised people to refrain from shaking hands and to avoid physical greetings. He also advised people against sharing personal items such as prayer rugs to prevent the spread of the virus.

As Muslims prepare to fast for the month of Ramadan, the health ministry spokesman advised people to follow a healthy diet and to stay hydrated when not fasting. These habits, in addition to exercising, help strengthen the immune system.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 22 April 2020 KSA 21:06 - GMT 18:06
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