JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is expanding its network of coronavirus vaccine centers to include all of the country’s regions as part of efforts to preserve people’s health and safety and to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said.
It urged everyone to register through the Sehhaty app to receive their vaccine doses.
Saudi Arabia on Saturday reported 325 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of confirmed infections to 374,691. There are 2,489 active cases, 510 of which are in critical condition.
Riyadh registered the highest number of infections with 171 new cases, the Eastern Province had 53, Makkah had 44, and Madinah reported seven new cases.
There have been a further 382 recoveries, increasing this total to 365,745.
The country reported a further three COVID-19-related deaths, with the death toll now 6,457.
It has conducted more than 13.29 million PCR tests so far, with 38,376 carried out in the past 24 hours, and has vaccinated 501,710 people so far.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance temporarily closed seven mosques in Riyadh after confirming COVID-19 cases among worshippers. It has closed 105 mosques within 13 days, with 92 reopening after sterilization.
The ministry also said that five mosques would reopen on Saturday after the completion of all precautionary measures. Three of these are in the Riyadh region, with one each in the Al-Jawf and Northern Border regions.
It said worshippers and mosque employees had cooperated in implementing all the precautionary measures needed to ensure the safety of those visiting places of worship.
On Friday, the Municipality of Jeddah Governorate and its sub-municipalities closed 200 commercial facilities for violating preventive measures.
It said the inspections included following up on shops, restaurants and cafes to ensure their implementation of preventive protocols, suspending indoor services, and closing wedding halls, cinemas, indoor entertainment centers, and independent or indoor gaming venues in restaurants, shopping centers, gyms and sports centers.