JEDDAH: A total of 392 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded on Monday, with numbers remaining stable for a little over three weeks in Saudi Arabia.
The overall tally of cases confirmed in the Kingdom has risen to 350,984 cases so far. Madinah was the city with the highest number of confirmed cases at 59, Riyadh a close second with 54 cases, and Makkah with 32 and Yanbu with 28 cases.
The number of recoveries remained higher than confirmed cases. The health authorities reported 402 new recoveries on Monday, raising the number of people having recovered from the illness to 377,788. The Kingdom’s recovery rate remains at a stable 96.2 percent.
The number of active cases continues to decrease with a stable high number of recoveries. There are currently 7,637 active cases, 787 of which are reportedly critical.
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A total of 19 new fatalities were also recorded on Monday, raising the death tally to 5,559 to date.
A total of 53,583 new polymerase chain reaction tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of tests conducted to more than 8.54 million to date.
As winter approaches, and the influenza season is only just beginning, the Health Ministry and experts are recommending that residents of the Kingdom receive flu vaccine inoculations ahead of time.
As the Kingdom continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, experts believe that a flu shot can help prevent an influenza epidemic in Saudi Arabia.
The ministry has reiterated that the flu vaccine will not protect against a COVID-19 infection. However, studies have shown that a flu vaccine can reduce the risk of getting infected.
It is considered a preventive measure for people suffering from chronic health conditions, pregnant women and children.