Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia records highest daily cases so far with 1,223 infections

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Saudi Arabia recorded its highest daily new cases with 1,223 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 17,522, the health ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

The ministry also recorded three new fatalities after one Saudi national and two non-Saudis died over the past 24 hours, raising the relatively low death toll to 139. The ages of the deceased range between 39 and 72 years old.

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The Kingdom will continue to see an increase in cases as medical teams continue their testing efforts, the spokesman added. He also said field testing has led to the discovery of clusters of infections throughout the country.

Meanwhile, an additional 142 people recovered within the past 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 2,357.

Even though Saudi Arabia has relaxed some restrictions and curfews with the start of the Muslim holy month Ramadan, authorities continue to urge people to only go out when necessary, and to wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing and to avoid crowds while in public.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia initially imposed a 24-hour curfew and lockdown on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, and Hofuf and throughout the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif, and Khobar on April 6.

Citizens and residents in Saudi Arabia were only allowed to leave their homes only for essential needs like food and health care and stay within their residential neighborhood from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily during the 24-hour curfew over the past several weeks.

Late last week, authorities in the Kingdom slightly revised its coronavirus curfew timings for the month of Ramadan allowing residents to go out for necessary needs between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The spokesman said authorities continue to monitor and evaluate the precautionary measures and will adjust accordingly in terms of increasing or reducing restrictions.

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