Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases

The total number of fatalities in Saudi Arabia is 8,782

  
A health worker checks the temperature of a Muslim pilgrim heading to the Meeqaat to hold the intention of the Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A health worker checks the temperature of a Muslim pilgrim heading to the Meeqaat to hold the intention of the Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,782.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 65 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 548,368 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 70 remain in critical condition.

According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 27, followed by Jeddah with 14, Makkah recorded four, and Madinah and Quwayiyah recorded two cases each.

The health ministry also announced that 38 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,376.

Over 45.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 21.2 million people have been fully vaccinated.

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

The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 2,582 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities during the past two days. Authorities found 171 violations and closed four businesses for not adhering to the precautionary measures.

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 245 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.97 million.

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