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Saudi announces 110 new cases; 2 deaths

GDN Online Desk

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has announced 110 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 1,563.

It also witnessed two deaths in Madinah, bringing the total number of fatalities in the Kingdom to 10.

The figure was revealed by Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly in his daily briefing on Tuesday, who also noted that the king’s decision to provide free medical treatment for everyone in the Kingdom infected was an inspiring move that has earned global praise.

Two of the new cases involved people returning from other countries, Dr Al-Aly  said.

“Precautionary measures were taken as soon as they arrived in the Kingdom.” 

The remaining 108 patients contracted the virus from others who previously tested positive, and “precautionary actions were taken and they are under medical supervision".

The highest number of new cases are in Riyadh (33), followed by Jeddah (29), Makkah (20), Qatif (7), Alkhobar (4), Madinah (3), Dammam (3), Hofuf (2), Jazan (2) and Dhahran (2).

Abha, Khamis Mushait, Khafji, Ras Tanura and Al-Badayea reported one case each.

“Most of these patients are stable and receiving the required medical attention."

However, 31 patients are in critical condition, he added, while an additional 50 people have been given the all-clear, bringing the total number of recoveries to 165.

Of the 22,000 people who have been quarantined in the Kingdom - in hospitals and self-isolation - 50 percent have completed the mandatory 14-day isolation.