Saudi Arabia announces 48 new coronavirus cases as total reaches 392

Saudi Arabia announces 48 new coronavirus cases as total reaches 392
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health announced 48 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. (Reuters)
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Updated 21 March 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 48 new coronavirus cases as total reaches 392

Saudi Arabia announces 48 new coronavirus cases as total reaches 392
  • Eight new recoveries were announced, meaning 16 people in Saudi Arabia have recovered from the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health announced 48 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 392. 

Also on Saturday, eight new recoveries were announced, meaning 16 people in Saudi Arabia have recovered from the virus.

The ministry urged all citizens and residents to follow all the guidelines and directives designed to limit the spread of the virus. Important precautionary measures to protect individuals and the wider community include avoiding shaking hands with people, washing your hands frequently and avoiding contact with groups of people.

Saudi Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said that all social gatherings, even if they are at home, are dangerous and should be avoided. 

Saudi Arabia announced 70 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, eleven of the whom were identified as they flew back to the Kingdom from Morocco, India, Jordan, the Philippines, The UK, the UAE and Switzerland. They were taken directly from the airports they arrived at to hospitals where they were placed in quarantine.

Anyone concerned about the virus, or who wants more information about it and precautions that can be taken, can contact the ministry’s service center on the toll-free number, 937. Only official sources can be relied on to provide accurate information, the ministry added.