JEDDAH: The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) active cases being dealt with in Saudi Arabia on Friday dropped to 2,549.
And the number of patients requiring critical care was on the decline too, according to Ministry of Health data that also revealed the levels of people recovering from COVID-19 gaining momentum over new cases.
Officials said there were 477 patients in a serious or critical condition on Friday and they reiterated the importance of people maintaining social distancing and other health and safety measures aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.
Figures showed that COVID-19 recoveries in the Kingdom had risen by 368 to 367,691, a recovery rate of 97.6 percent, with most being in Riyadh followed by Al-Kharj with 17, Dammam 15, and Jeddah 13.
There were 346 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the country, raising the total number since the beginning of the pandemic to 376,723.
Of the new cases, 184 were in Riyadh, 74 in the Eastern Province, 38 in Makkah, nine in Asir, five in Madinah, four in Hail, four in Najran, and three in Jazan. Only one case was reported in Al-Baha.
Saudi Arabia announced that three more people had died from COVID-19-related illness, taking the death toll in the Kingdom to 6,483.
More than 13.5 million polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have now been conducted in the country, with 45,027 checks being carried out in the latest reported 24-hour period.
Meanwhile, 158 mosques had been partially shut down in the past 19 days, most recently five in four different regions where 13 COVID-19 cases had been identified among worshippers.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance said that of the mosques closed, 141 had now reopened after satisfying sanitization directives.