At least 186,436 and 1,599 deaths of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia: outbreak
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30 June: 3,943 new cases, 2,363 recoveries and 48 deaths were reported on 29 June. The total cases are now over 186,000 mark of which at least 127,000 have recovered.
24 June: 3,139 new cases, 39 deaths and 4,710 recoveries were reported on 23 June. More than 200 cases were reported, each in Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, Al Qatiff and Riyadh. Authorities have warned against use of unreliable testing techniques, recommending only PCR tests for detection of infections. A very limited number of people will be allowed for Hajj pilgrimage this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
19 June: 4,757 new cases, 48 deaths and 2,253 recoveries were recorded on 18 June. Saudi Arabia is witnessing a surge in number of cases since the country started lifting restrictions at the end of May. According to media reports, 80 percent of the cases reported in the Persian Gulf region are from Saudi Arabia. There is no decision yet by the authorities on this year's annual Hajj pilgrimage.
16 June: 4,507 new cases, 3,170 recoveries and 39 deaths were reported on 15 June. The highest number of cases was seen in Riyadh with over 1,650 cases followed by Jeddah and Makkah. With this the total number of cases in the country has surpassed 132,000 cases of which around 88,000 have recovered. About 1,900 are under critical care.
11 June: 3,717 new cases and 36 deaths were recorded on 10 June, taking the total tally to more than 112,000 cases. More than 77,954 people have recovered. Active cases are over 33,500 of which around 1,700 are under critical care. The health ministry has announced that 214 test centres will be available across the Kingdom.
5 June: 1,975 new cases were reported on 4 June, of which majority of cases were reported in Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah, Medinah and Hufof. About 69,000 patients have recovered and more than 23,000 are still active.
2 June: 1,881 new cases and 1,864 recoveries were recorded on 1 June. Riyadh remains one of the badly affected cities followed by Jeddah. The total tally has crossed 87,000 cases with at least 525 deaths. According to media reports, the country is planning to ease down restrictions in three phases, ultimately ending the nationwide curfew on 21 June except in Mecca. Mosques across the country have reopened since 31 May amid strict measures in place for worshippers such as mandatory use of face masks, personal prayer mats, maintaining a distance of 2 metres and avoiding handshakes. People in high risk groups including the elderly, children under 15 and those with chronic diseases are not permitted inside the mosques. Additionally, domestic flights have been allowed to resume operations since 31 May in a graded manner. Bans are being lifted on workplace attendance in both the government and private sector as well.