Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca lead new cases as Saudi Arabia sees COVID-19 drop

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Saudi Arabia saw a slight drop in its daily cases as the health ministry reported 3,366 new infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 123,308.

The health ministry also reported 1,519 new recoveries on Saturday, taking the total to 82,548. Thirty-nine people who had previously tested positive for the virus have died due to complications, raising the death toll to 932.

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Majority of the new cases were detected in the city of Riyadh, in line with the recent trend. The region of Jeddah had the second highest number of cases, followed by Mecca.

On Tuesday, a health official warned that the number of active coronavirus cases and the virus-related death toll in Saudi Arabia is rising because several members of the public continue to ignore preventative measures.

Saudi Arabia has been gradually easing restrictions throughout the country over the past several weeks. The Kingdom’s mosques are now allowed to open for Friday prayers but must open no more than 40 minutes before the prayer begins.

Meanwhile, public sector employees throughout the country began to gradually return to workplaces on May 31 and are expected to fully return by June 14.

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