RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed 14 new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,730.
The Ministry of Health reported 1,255 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 479,390 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 11,322 remain active and 1,451 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in Makkah with 340, followed by the Eastern Province with 282, the capital Riyadh with 203, Asir recorded 156, and Jazan confirmed 81 cases.
The health ministry also announced that 1,247 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 460,338.
#الصحة تعلن عن تسجيل (1255) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19)، وتسجيل (14) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (1247) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (460,338) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/wNdeYy3lgK
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he ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
Meanwhile, police in Jazan said 32 people have been arrested in the region and Al-Jawf police arrested eight people for violating quarantine instructions after they tested positive for coronavirus.
Saudi Arabia has imposed penalties on those who disregard regulations enforced to prevent the spread of the virus; they are either fined up to SR200,000 ($53,330), face up to two years in prison, or have both sanctions imposed. Legal measures have been taken against those arrested and they will be referred to the Public Prosecution.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened 17 mosques in five regions after temporarily evacuating and sterilizing them after 17 people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of mosques closed and reopened after being sterilized to 1,653 within 138 days.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 180 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 3.90 million.