Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia reports 3,159 new COVID-19 cases, 51 deaths

An aerial view shows deserted streets in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on April 21, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia has recorded 3,159 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 226,486, the health ministry announced on Friday.

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Most new cases were detected in the city of Riyadh, similar to a recent trend. Al-Hafouf had the second highest with 249 followed by Jeddah with 209, according to the ministry.

The Kingdom’s death toll increased to 2,151 after 51 new fatalities were recorded.

Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries in Saudi Arabia is now 163,026 after 1,930 individuals who had previously tested positive for the virus recovered.

With 73 percent of all cases having recovered, 61,309 active cases remain with 2,220 in critical condition, according to the health ministry.

The Kingdom continues to urge people to adhere to precautionary measures such as social distancing, avoiding crowds and wearing face masks.

The health ministry said one woman who became infected from another family member “broke the transmission chain and maintained the safety of others” because she decided to keep a distance and wore a face mask.

Saudi Arabia currently has the highest number of cases in the GCC region but maintains a relatively low death rate.

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Last Update: Friday, 10 July 2020 KSA 17:08 - GMT 14:08