JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia recorded 349 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a positive indicator that community awareness remains high.
Saturday’s numbers have increased the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 352,950, 7,362 of which are active.
Among cities, Riyadh recorded the highest number of cases with 62, while Makkah reported 29, Jeddah 28 and Madinah 27.
Of Saturday’s cases, 41 percent are female and 59 percent male. Children make up 11 percent of Saturday’s cases, elderly represent 4 percent and adults cover 85 percent. There are 807 patients in critical care units receiving medical attention, a slight increase over recent days.
The Kingdom’s recovery figures remain stable between a 350 to 450 daily number. Saturday saw 379 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 339,947 over the course of the pandemic. The Kingdom’s recovery rate stands at 96.3 percent.
There were 16 new virus-related deaths recorded on Saturday, raising the Kingdom’s death toll to 5,641 since March 24.
As the Kingdom continues efforts to curb the spread of the virus, 51,139 polymerase chain reaction were conducted in the past 24 hours, raising total test numbers in the Kingdom to 8.84 million.
The Ministry of Health and medical experts have reiterated their recommendation for residents to receive the flu vaccine ahead of falling temperatures in winter.
The ministry is also stepping up a vaccination awareness campaign by sending SMS messages to Saudi residents with the locations of nearby health care centers.
Awareness campaigns in large shopping centers are also providing residents with free vaccinations on-site.
The ministry recently said that residents who suffer from COVID-like symptoms or who have the virus can still safely receive a flu vaccine.