Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia adds 2,199 ICU COVID-19 beds within 90 days across Kingdom

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Defence Ministry on March 23, 2020 shows medical vehicles parked in the parking lot of the King Fahd Medical City in the capital Riyadh to be used as a field hospital. (File photo: AFP)

Saudi Arabia announced it has added an extra 2,199 beds for intensive care units (ICUs) within 90 days as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to battle the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health said the 2,199 ICU beds were added in various hospitals in all regions of the Kingdom as an extension of current continuous efforts.

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“The Ministry of Health announced that it added extra 2,199 beds for intensive care units (ICUs), within 90 days, in various hospitals, in all regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as an extension of its continuous efforts to provide maximum protection for the safety of citizens and residents, and in continuation of the application of the highest precautionary standards, amid proactively preventive measures to address the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” the Ministry of Health said.

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This announcement of the added ICU beds comes as recorded 4,128 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 205,929, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

The capital Riyadh reported the highest number of cases, with 360 new confirmed infections. Meanwhile, Dammam recorded 315 new cases, Hufof recorded 217, and al-Qatif recorded 214.

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Last Update: Sunday, 05 July 2020 KSA 07:46 - GMT 04:46
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