JEDDAH: The infection curve of COVID-19 is passing through “a sensitive and very important phase” as Saudi Arabia witnesses an increase in the daily infection rate, a health official said on Sunday.
The phase “must be followed with greater caution and vigilance, especially with the increase in recorded cases,” said Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly. “We haven’t yet reached the stage of reassurance.”
He confirmed that vaccines are available in all regions of the Kingdom and in greater numbers.
Saudi Arabia reported four more COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday. The death toll now stands at 6,461. The ministry reported 315 new cases, meaning that 375,006 people have contracted the disease. There are 2,451 active cases, 508 of them in critical condition.
According to the ministry, 177 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, 57 in the Eastern Province, 28 in Makkah and eight in Madinah. In addition, 349 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total to 366,094 recoveries.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 13,332,326 polymerase chain reaction tests, with 36,218 carried out in the past 24 hours.
The ministry confirmed that health services continue through all centers and facilities. Taakad centers have carried out 7,383,372 swabs, while Tetamman clinics have served 1988,318 people.
Health and medical consultations have been provided to 27,811,408 beneficiaries through the call center 937.
Saudis and expats in the Kingdom continue to receive their vaccine doses, for which they registered through Sehhaty. The number of those who have been vaccinated has reached 541,411. The ministry is urging everyone who has not registered for a vaccine to do so in order to preserve their health and safety and that of their loved ones. The vaccine is free for all Saudis and expats.