Saudi Arabia records 353 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths in 24 hours

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Saudi Arabia has recorded 353 new COVID-19 cases and seven virus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health.

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The majority (72) of the new cases were detected in the capital Riyadh.

Mecca had the second-highest number of new cases with 66, while the Eastern Province was third on the list with 41.

Saudi Arabia has now recorded a total of 542,707 COVID-19 cases. A total of 8,497 people have died from the virus.

Children in the Kingdom will be given ten days off school if they contract COVID-19, the education minister Dr Hamad al-Sheikh said on Monday.

The announcement came as the Saudi Ministry of Education issued preventive guidelines for students to return to in-person classes at schools scheduled for the beginning of next week.

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