Saudi Arabia announces 37 more deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia announces 37 more deaths from COVID-19
Saudi Arabia announced 37 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,613 new confirmed cases of the disease on Friday. (File/SPA)
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Updated 18 July 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 37 more deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia announces 37 more deaths from COVID-19
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 191,161
  • A total of 2,407 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced 37 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,613 new confirmed cases of the disease on Friday.

The new cases brings the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 245,851.

A report by the Saudi Health Ministry showed 3,539 more patients recovered from the virus, raising the total number to 191,161.

There are still 52,283 active cases, who are people that are still receiving medical care. Of the number, 2,188 are considered critical cases and most are in stable condition. 

Jeddah recorded the highest number of new cases with 235, Al-Hofuf reported 191 and there were 185 in Riyadh.
Of the new COVID-19 cases, 62 percent are male, 4 percent are elderly and 11 percent are children.

FASTFACTS

  • 245,851 - The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA
  • 191,161 - The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom
  • 52,283 - The number of active cases in Saudi Arabia

The total number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted since the beginning of the pandemic has exceeded 2.56 million, with 65,549 new tests completed in the last 24 hours. The ministry renewed its recommendation for everyone with symptoms to use the self-assessment service in the “Mawid” app, visit the 237 “Tetamman” (make sure) clinics, or call the 937 Service Center for consultations and inquiries around the clock.

People can also use the center’s interactive services via WhatsApp on 920005937 to access health information and services. Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly urged people with chronic illnesses to take care of themselves, carry out their daily hobbies, maintain their treatment plan and follow a healthy diet.

He said that one of the most important signs of recovery from the virus was the disappearance of symptoms and enough time having passed since then, adding that the attending physician should decide what was next for them.

Al-Aly said that the Kingdom was among the countries seeing big recovery numbers.

To help families and carers, the ministry has produced an infographic on its Twitter account offering advice on how to avoid spreading COVID-19 to the at-risk group. 

Those with housemaids looking after the elderly were urged to adhere to a number of procedures, including wearing masks when around them, washing hands before and after being in physical contact with them, and maintaining physical distance unless necessary.