Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs office in Jazan temporarily closed the Budaiya Mosque in Abu Arish governorate after it was confirmed that the imam had COVID-19.
Field teams undertook preventive and precautionary measures; including sterilization operations and comprehensive maintenance; in preparation for reopening the mosque and receiving worshippers at a later date.
The ministry noted the keenness of worshippers and their active role in reporting mosques that did not comply with health and safety instructions and failed to implement preventive measures.
There were 1;077 new cases; bringing the total number of infections 464;780. There are 10;267 active cases; of which 1;562 are in a critical condition.
Of the newly recorded cases; 348 were in Makkah; 225 were in Riyadh; 149 were in the Eastern Province; and 69 were in Madinah.
Authorities said a further 906 patients had recovered from the disease; increasing the total number of recoveries to 446;960.
The country has so far carried out more than 20.27 million PCR tests; with 75;059 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the onset of the pandemic.
Taakad centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.
Tetamman clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever; loss of taste and smell; and breathing difficulties.
Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
Saudi Arabia has vaccinated 15;633;787 people to date.