Saudi Arabia reports 948 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths in 24 hours

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Saudi Arabia has reported 948 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health.

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The capital Riyadh saw the majority of new cases, with 410 testing positive, while the city of Mecca was second with 210.

A total of 404,054 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kingdom since the beginning of the pandemic.

Saudi Arabia’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,810.

Worshippers marked the first Friday Ramadan prayers in the holy city of Mecca while observing COVID-19 social distancing rules over the weekend.

Only people who had been vaccinated against the virus were granted permits to perform the pilgrimage.

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