Saudi Arabia sees slight rise in COVID-19 cases & recoveries surge

Saudi women work at a dates packaging factory in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, September 10, 2020.

Saudi Arabia recorded on Tuesday 473 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking a slight increase on Monday’s figure of 381, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The ministry announced 19 more patients died over the past 24 hours from complications caused by COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the Kingdom to 348,510 and virus-related fatalities to 5,456.

The ministry also reported 481 new recoveries over the past 24 hours; raising the total number of people free from the deadly virus to 335,153 with the recovery rate rising to 96.26 percent.

Of the new COVID-19 cases, Madinah recorded the highest with 73 followed by Makkah with 45; and Riyadh with 40 infections. The remaining cases were detected in different cities and governorates across the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, active cases have continued to remain below 8,000; with 7,901 reported on Tuesday, out of which 749are critical, the statement added.