Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia detects ten new COVID-19 variant infections

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Saudi Arabia has detected ten infections of the new coronavirus variant, Official Spokesman of the Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry added that the spread was "limited", all active cases have been isolated.

"27 other individuals who came in contact with the ten positive individuals have been tested and their results were negative," the Health Spokesman added.

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Saudi Arabia has reported 108 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 363,485, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 48 were detected in the city of Riyadh, 24 in Mecca and only three in Medina.

The death rate remains low with six new fatalities, raising the death toll to 6,278. Meanwhile, the number of recoveries increased to 355,037 after 138 individuals who had previously tested positive recovered.

Earlier in the day, the Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq al-Rabiah announced the launch of the online “Health Passport” for those who completed the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The passport will help authorities identify those who received the vaccine.

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