RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia confirmed 1,132 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 8,274, a health ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom recorded five new coronavirus deaths, raising the death toll to 92.
A 43-year-old Saudi national was one of the latest to die due to the virus, in addition to four other non – Saudis with ages ranging between 45 and 80 years old, according to the health ministry.
Last week, the health ministry was recording about 500 new cases every 24 hours. Saudi Arabia’s daily confirmed numbers have doubled since then. The spokesman said the increase in infection number is due to the intensified testing throughout the Kingdom. Adding, 79 percent of the new cases were discovered through the ministry’s field testing campaign in which medical teams are visiting crowded residential areas to screen residents in their homes.
Medical teams have been actively conducting coronavirus screenings in Mecca and Medina neighborhoods.
The spokesman said increasing the testing capacity is a preventive measure that helps with early detection, therefore leads to faster containment.
The Kingdom has recorded a higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases in crowded residential areas, including neighborhoods with a high number of labor worker residences.
Saudi Arabia Implements Precautionary Measures
On Friday, the Grand Muffi of Saudi Arabia said this year’s Ramadan communal taraweeh and Eidh prayers should be held at home due to the coronavirus, Saudi Press Agenci (SPA) reported. The announcement was made one week before the Muslim holy month is estimated to begin.
Saudi Arabia has already suspended group prayers in mosques as a precautionary measures. The Kingdom also asked Muslim around the world to delay their plans for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages amid uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Kingdom’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah said.
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