Coronavirus cases, deaths in Saudi will keep rising if people ignore rules: Ministry

Saudis shop at the Panorama Mall in the capital Riyadh. (File photo: AFP)

The number of active coronavirus cases and the virus-related death toll in Saudi Arabia is rising because several members of the public continue to ignore preventative measures, health ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said on Tueday, urging citizens and residents to follow social distancing rules and precautionary measures.

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Forty percent of COVID-19 cases reported in the Kingdom so far are the result of people failing to follow rules instructed by the ministry.

Dozens of young men and women who did not adhere to precautionary measures when they left their homes and then came into direct contact with members of their family, including the elderly, infected several other people, al-Abd al-Ali said.

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The daily death rate in the Kingdom has also been rising recently due to the fact that more vulnerable people, such as the elderly or people with chronic illnesses, have been getting infected, according to al-Abd al-Ali.

The spokesman advised against large gatherings and urged the public to maintain social distancing practices, wash their hands regularly, and wear masks at all times when leaving their homes.

Muslims perform the Al-Fajr prayer inside the al-Rajhi Mosque while practicing social distancing in Riyadh. (File photo: Reuters)

Muslims perform the Al-Fajr prayer inside the al-Rajhi Mosque while practicing social distancing in Riyadh. (File photo: Reuters)

The interior ministry had on Friday warned that if cases continued to rise in the capital Riyadh, then stricter restrictions may be imposed in the city.

The ministry imposed a curfew in Jeddah from the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting from June 6 until June 20.

“There needs to be more adherence and more following of the rules in Riyadh and Jeddah,” al-Abd al-Ali said.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 10 June 2020 KSA 07:15 - GMT 04:15
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