Coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia surpass 200,000 with 4,193 new COVID-19 detected

Health workers perform nose swab tests during a drive through coronavirus test campaign held in Diriyah hospital in Riyadh. (AFP)

Coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia surpassed the 200,000 mark on Friday after 4,193 new infections were detected in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.

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Most of the cases were found in Dammam, where officials recorded 431 new cases. Al Hufof recorded 399 new infections, while Riyadh recorded 383. The rest of the new cases were reported in cities and provinces around the country.

Fifty people died due to COVID-19 on Friday. This brings the virus-related death toll in the Kingdom to 1,802.

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Meanwhile, the number of recoveries rose to 140,614 after 2,945 people recovered from the coronavirus.

The health ministry spokesman on Thursday urged the public to adhere to precautionary measures to prevent the virus from spreading further.

If individuals must hold a gathering, whether it is for business purposes (conferences) or personal reasons (social gatherings, weddings, funerals), then all individuals must follow preventative measures at all times, Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said.

A maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend one gathering, he added.

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Last Update: Friday, 03 July 2020 KSA 15:56 - GMT 12:56
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