Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia reports 51 new cases, bringing total to 562

A man wears a protective face mask, as he walks, after Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on the province of Qatif, following the spread of coronavirus, in Qatif, Saudi Arabia March 10, 2020. (File photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia confirmed 51 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 562, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said on Monday.

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Out of the 51 new cases, 18 are located in Riyadh, 12 are located in Mecca, three are located in al-Taif, and five are located in Bishah, al-Abd al-Ali said.

Three new cases were reported in Damman, another three were found in al-Qatif, two were found in Jizan, he added.

One additional case was found in Najran, and one other case was also reported in al-Qunfuthah.

Saudi Arabia also confirmed that a total of 19 people in the Kingdom have recovered from coronavirus.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday announced the implementation of a nation-wide curfew, the latest measure in Saudi Arabia to prevent the virus from spreading.

All those who violate the curfew implemented in Saudi Arabia from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the next 21 days will be fined 10,000 riyals ($2,663) and could face jail time if they repeatedly break the law, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Interior announced on Monday.

Second-time violators will also be forced to pay double the amount of the initial fine, the ministry said.

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Authorities urged citizens and residents to stay at home during the hours between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and not to go outside unless necessary.

Thirty-three percent of coronavirus infections in the Kingdom are a result of people coming into direct contact with previously infected individuals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
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