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Coronavirus

Saudi Arabia records 337 new COVID-19 cases, 346 recoveries and four deaths

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Saudi Arabia recorded 337 new coronavirus cases, 346 recoveries and four deaths within the last 24 hours, the Kingdom's Ministry of Health reported on Friday.

There are currently 2,549 active cases of COVID-19 within the Kingdom, 497 of which are in critical condition, according to the health ministry.

The capital, Riyadh, recorded the highest amount of cases in the country on Friday, registering 163 cases.

The Kingdom’s inoculation drive is currently in its second phase of the campaign and spans across all regions of the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia recently approved the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to bolster the country’s vaccination drive, Saudi press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Deputy Minister for Public Health Hani Jokhdar claimed that the Kingdom had the capacity to administer 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day and aimed to continue to secure enough supply to ramp up its vaccination program.

“We will be able to deliver 1.4 million doses every week,” Jokhdar said during the Bloomberg interview on Thursday, adding that the country planned to roll out the AstraZeneca vaccine by “this weekend.”

According to Jokhdar, the Kingdom aims to vaccinate 70 percent of its high-risk population by Q3 of 2021.

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Saudi Arabia records 327 COVID-19 infections, 371 recoveries