Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia records 4,507 new cases, highest daily increase yet

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

Saudi Arabia recorded on Monday 4,507 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its highest daily reported increase so far, according to the Ministry of Health. This raises the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 132,048.

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The capital Riyadh recorded the highest number of cases, where 1,658 new infections were reported in the city alone.

Jeddah reported 413 new cases, while Mecca reported 389 new infections. The other new cases were confirmed in cities and provinces across the country.

Thirty-nine people died of the virus, which raised the COVID-19 death toll in the Kingdom to 1,011, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries rose to 87,890.

Officials have said that the rise is mostly due to the fact that hundreds have failed to comply with public health measures.

Cases are on the rise

The rate of infection of the novel coronavirus is rising in Saudi Arabia once again due to a lack of adherence with social distancing measures, the Kingdom’s health ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said on Sunday.

The increase in the rate of infection, which had dropped to a low of one percent in May, is an indication that some citizens and residents have not been following preventative measures and have not been avoiding large gatherings, al-Abd al-Ali said.

The ministry said that if people continue to ignore the rules, officials would have to consider reimposing restrictions.

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Last Update: Monday, 15 June 2020 KSA 15:49 - GMT 12:49
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