Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia reports 1,905 new cases as daily toll begins to decline 

A Saudi volunteer checks the temperature of another volunteer before preparing boxes of Iftar meals in Riyadh. (File photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia reported 1,905 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 44,830, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.

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The number of daily reported cases in the country began to decrease on Tuesday for the first time since the start of the outbreak, health ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said.

This is due to increased testing, which has allowed the ministry to isolate active cases, as well as the public’s commitment to following preventative measures, he added.

Al-Abd al-Ali added that the number of recoveries recorded in the past day was more than the number of infections.

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A total of 2,365 people recovered from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 17,622.

Nine people died of the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the virus-related death toll in the country to 273, al-Abd al-Ali said.

They include two Saudi Arabians and seven non-Saudi residents who lived in Jeddah and Mecca.
From the newly detected cases, Saudi citizens make up 32 percent while non-Saudi residents make up 68 percent.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:07 - GMT 11:07
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