Saudi Arabia registers 551 new coronavirus cases, 28 deaths

The total number of deaths now stands at 4,458, the Saudi Press Agency reported. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 September 2020

Saudi Arabia registers 551 new coronavirus cases, 28 deaths

  • Tests have confirmed 551 new cases in the Kingdom, which means that 329,271 people have contracted the disease
  • 15,383 cases remain active, and 1,166 patients are in critical condition

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s daily coronavirus case numbers have fallen to a five-month low after 551 new cases were reported on Saturday.
The last time the Kingdom recorded numbers in the 500s was April 15, when 518 cases were reported.
Total confirmed cases in the Kingdom have reached 329,271.
There are 15,383 active cases in the Kingdom, 1,166 of which are in critical care units.
Of the cases, 58 percent are male and 42 percent female. In terms of age, 85 percent of Saturday’s cases are adults, 11 percent are children and 4 percent adults older than 65.

FASTFACTS

• Total confirmed cases in the Kingdom have reached 329,271.

• There are 15,383 active cases in the Kingdom, 1,166 of which are in critical care units.

On Saturday, 1,078 new recoveries were recorded in the Kingdom, raising total recoveries to 309,430. The Kingdom’s recovery rate stands at 93.9 percent.
There were 28 new deaths recorded on Saturday, raising the total number of deaths to 4,458.
As the Kingdom continues to contain the threat of the coronavirus, 43,032 new polymerase chain reaction tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of tests conducted in the Kingdom to over 6 million.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 8 min 27 sec ago

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.