Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia records 4,267 new cases, raising total to 136,315

Saudi Arabian couple with child at the mall in Riyadh, June 4, 2020. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia has recorded 4,267 new cases, over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 136,315, the health ministry announced on Tuesday.

The city of Riyadh had the highest number of new infections with 1,629 new cases, similar to recent days. The city of Jeddah had the second highest with 477 cases followed by Mecca with 224 new cases.

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Despite an increase in new infections, 1,650 people who had previously tested positive for the virus in the Kingdom have recovered, raising the number of recoveries to 89,540.

The health ministry also reported 41 new deaths, taking the death toll to 1,052 as of June 16.

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Most of those infected with the new virus in Saudi Arabia are in stable condition, according to a health ministry spokesman. However, 50 percent of those in the intensive care unit (ICU) have preexisting conditions. He also said 80 percent of ICU patients are over 30 years and older.

People to adhere to preventative measures such as social distancing and wearing a face mask in order to slow the spread of the virus. The ministry said the elderly face “a greater danger” due to possibility of sever complications if they contract the virus.

“For their safety, avoid shaking their hands and leave a safe distance,” the ministry said in a statement.

International flights suspended

On Monday, authoritie extended the suspension of all international flights to and from the Kingdom until further notice due to the virus outbreak and Saudi Arabia's increasing numbers.

Only flights carrying Saudi Arabian citizens who were stranded abroad have been allowed to enter the Kingdom from abroad, Saudia airline said.

Domestic flights in the Kingdom via its national airlines resumed on May 31 after they were suspended for more than two months.

Al Arabiya English's Tamara Abueish contributed to this report.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 16 June 2020 KSA 18:02 - GMT 15:02
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