Saudi Arabia registers one COVID-19 death, 38 new infections

The total number of cases in Saudi Arabia is 549,556

  
Saudis wear protective masks, walk at Abha High City, as the summer season kicks off with health precautions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in an effort to boost internal tourism after the pandemic in Abha, Saudi Arabia July 18, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

Saudis wear protective masks, walk at Abha High City, as the summer season kicks off with health precautions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in an effort to boost internal tourism after the pandemic in Abha, Saudi Arabia July 18, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed one new COVID-19 related death on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,827.


The Ministry of Health confirmed 38 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 549,556 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 50 remain in critical condition.

According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 14, followed by Jeddah with seven, and Madinah and Makkah confirmed four cases each.

The health ministry also announced that 32 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 538,672.

Over 47.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 22.2 million people have been fully vaccinated.



Saudi authorities continued their monitoring campaigns to ensure compliance with the precautionary measures imposed to stem the spread of the disease.

The Ministry of Commerce reported 503 violations in the past two weeks during 47,605 inspection tours.

The ministry called on citizens and residents to abide by the preventive protocols and the instructions issued by authorities.

Saudi municipalities have also ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.

The municipality of Eastern Province carried out 2,416 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities during the past tow days. Authorities recorded 170 violations and closed three businesses for not adhering to the precautionary measures.

The Najran Municipality carried out 1,320 tours in the past week and field teams issued fines to 247 commercial outlets for breaching protocols.

Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 258 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 5.17 million.

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