Five new coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia, total now 20

Passengers wearing masks to prevent a new coronavirus are being checked by Saudi Health Ministry employees upon their arrival at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh. (Reuters)

Five new cases of coronavirus were detected in Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of cases to 20, the country's Ministry of Health reported.

Early on Monday, Saudi Arabia had confirmed four new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections to 15.

The ministry stated that four citizens were diagnosed with the disease, three of whom had arrived from Iran and Iraq and entered quarantine after their return. Laboratory tests showed that they were carrying the new coronavirus and they were then transferred to a quarantine ward in a hospital in the Eastern Province.

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The fourth case was of a citizen with mild respiratory symptoms who checked himself to a hospital in the eastern region and was placed in quarantine. Those in contact with him were also quarantined, and the necessary preventive measures were taken.

The fifth case was of an Egyptian man who arrived from Egypt to the kingdom, the ministry added. He was quarantined in a hospital in the city of Mecca.

The Ministry assured everyone that it was providing health care in accordance with the approved procedures.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02
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