Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 recovery rate at 74pct as cases surpass 90,000

A security man looks at a screen showing the body temperature of travellers, at Riyadh International Airport, in Saudi Arabia May 31, 2020. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia confirmed 2,171 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 91,182 on Wednesday, according to the health ministry.

Despite the increasing daily cases, the Kingdom’s recovery rate is over 74 percent with 68,159 individuals having recovered so far. Saudi Arabia has also seen a relatively low death toll with 579 fatalities recorded as of June 3.

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The health minister last week said the country’s high recovery numbers and low death rate are a result of the Kingdom’s treatment protocols.

“We have treatment protocols developed by Saudi experts,” Dr. Tawfiq al-Rabiah told Al Arabiya. “These protocols are continuously updated with any new global developments related to treatments and procedures.”

Of the currently active 22,444 cases, 1,321 are in critical conditions, the health ministry said in a statement.

Kingdom lifts restrictions

The Kingdom recently began lifting restrictions including allowing movement for residents within the country and travel between its provinces. More shops, including wholesale, retail and malls, have also been allowed to reopen, as long as all precautionary measures are adhered to.

The health minister confirmed to Al Arabiya that Saudi Arabia does not plan to return to lockdowns and further restrictions, however, this depends largely on society’s knowledge and compliance with precautionary measures in order to resume lifting restrictions.

“We are in the same boat,” al-Rabiah said. “If we all comply, then we will make it to safety. [Whoever doesn’t comply] will take us back [to restrictions].”

The health minister said Saudi Arabia continues to pursue the best available treatments, and if a vaccine become available, the Kingdom will strive to provide it as soon as possible.

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Last Update: Thursday, 04 June 2020 KSA 08:35 - GMT 05:35
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