Saudi Arabia detects 3,989 new coronavirus cases; 40 more die

A Saudi man enters a new self-sterilization gate at the Grand Mosque, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19, during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia May 7, 2020.Saudi Arabia called on people to comply with health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Sunday, as its daily tally of cases rose above 4,000 for the first time. (REUTERS/Saudi Press Agency/Handout)

A total of 3,989 new coronavirus cases detected in Saudi Arabia during the past 24 hours; raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 182,493, the ministry of health announced on Sunday.

In recent days there has been a slight rise in the infection growth curve, prompting the ministry asking the people to be more careful.

The ministry reported 2,627 recoveries on Sunday, with total recoveries in the Kingdom standing at 124,755. There are 2,277 cases in intensive care.

The ministry also confirmed 40 deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities in Saudi Arabia to 1,551.

Critical cases in the country are between 2,000 to 2,500. They seem to be stabilizing and are being monitored daily, the ministry said.

Out of the newly reported cases, 487 were in Hufof, 389 in Riyadh, and 320 in Dammam. There were 310 new infections in Makkah; 275 in Taif; 186 in Madinah; 183 in Al-Mubarraz; 171 in Khamis Mushayt; 151 in Qatif; 121 in Jeddah; 120 in Abha; as well as 104 in Hafr Al-Batin.

The other new infections are in different cities as well as provinces across Saudi Arabia.