Screening in Makkah and Madinah identifies new coronavirus cases, Kingdom’s total hits 7,000

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry announced on Friday 762 new coronavirus cases, meaning the total number of infections in the Kingdom now stands at 7,142.

There were also four new deaths from the COVID-19 virus announced, taking the total fatalities in Saudi Arabia to 87, as well as 59 recoveries, meaning there have been more than 1,000 people to have recovered from the virus in the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Health said it was actively conducting screening for the virus in Makkah and Madinah neighborhoods, adding that the procedures had helped to detect almost 50 percent of the new cases announced on Friday.

Photos tweeted by the ministry showed medical professionals in personal protective equipment (PPE) checking temperatures of residents and taking swab tests for the virus in their homes.

Because Saudi Arabia has recorded a larger number of confirmed cases in crowded residential areas, the spokesman said ministry medical teams are working in high-density areas — including those with an increased number of residential complexes for laborers.

During Friday’s briefing, the ministry also said it had been circulating information handouts in different languages to better communicate the virus restrictions and procedures to residents in the Kingdom.

Also on Friday, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia said communal Taraweeh and Eid prayers during Ramadan will be performed at home if the coronavirus pandemic continues.

His announcement comes a week before the Holy month is estimated to begin.