Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia reports 1,911 new cases, 69 pct in non-Saudi residents

Saudi medical teams conduct coronavirus screenings in homes throughout Mecca and Medina neighborhoods. (File photo: Twitter)

Saudi Arabia reported1,911 new coronavirus cases and nine new deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 42,925 and the virus-related death toll to 264.

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Non-Saudi residents made up 69 percent of the new cases, while Saudi citizens made up 31 percent of infections, health ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said.

Out of the newly detected cases, males made up 82 percent of cases and females made up 18 percent, he added.

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Nine people died of the virus, including two Saudi citizens and seven non-Saudis in Mecca, Jeddah, and Wadi ad-Dawasir in Najd, al-Abd al-Ali said.

They were between 29 and 64 years old, and most of them suffered from chronic illnesses, he added.

Al-Abd al-Ali urged citizens and residents to adhere to precautionary measures, including maintaining social distancing between each individuals.

Dozens of people were infected after they attended wedding parties, funerals, and family gatherings, he said.

Four families were also infected with the deadly coronavirus after they got together for a Ramadan iftar gathering, with one family then infected other individuals in a different province.

Meanwhile, 15,257 recoveries have been reported in the Kingdom.

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