RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 12 new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,481.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 384 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 541,994 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 4,877 remain active and 1,156 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 134, followed by Makkah with 62, the Eastern Province with 37, Jazan recorded 31, and Qassim confirmed 30 cases.
The health ministry also announced that 737 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 528,636.
Over 33.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date through 587 centers.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to register with the Sehhaty app to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior reported 22,345 during the past week with the highest recorded in Riyadh with 8,840, followed by the Eastern Province with 3,049, Madinah with 2,145, and Makkah with 1,881. Najran recorded the lowest number of violations with 192.
Police in Asir said they arrested 131 people for flouting quarantine rules after they tested positive for COVID-19.
Penalties for individuals who violate quarantine instructions include a fine of up to SR200,000 ($53,332) and/or up to two years imprisonment, and penalties are doubled for repeat offenders. If the violation was committed by an expat, they face deportation from the Kingdom and are permanently banned from reentry.
The education department in the Northern Borders Province opened a vaccination center in Arar to inoculate students aged 12 to 18 years before the start of the academic year, in addition to two vaccine centers in Rafha and Turaif governorates
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened two mosques in two regions after temporarily evacuating and sterilizing them after two people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of mosques closed and reopened after being sterilized to 2,014 within 196 days.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 212 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.44 million.